Danish-Jordanian cooperation starts new phase

Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP) opened the launch of the new phase with a plan for the next five years. DIGNITY’s Jordan Office participated in the launch.

- By Clara Tørsleff

The launch was held on 19th of September 2017 in Amman, Jordan, and was the beginning of a new plan for DAPP and its work in the Middle Eastern- and North African region (MENA), starting in 2017 and applicable for the coming five years. With the new phase, efforts are focused on Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan with an aim to pursue the work for development, especially for women and young people, through local partnerships. For the same reason, the event was for different partners, organisations with relation to DAPP, and state institutions, all with a common goal for development in Jordan.

Other than introducing the new phase, the purpose of the launch was to embrace the partnerships - and partners did indeed interact and exchange point of views and findings.

DIGNITY participated in the launch as DAPP is a very important player in the torture prevention field in the MENA region. Among other attendees were representatives of DIGNITY’s local partners Mizan for Law, Institute for Family Health (IFH) and National Centre for Human Rights (NCHR). Furthermore, eight different partners of DAPP took part in a panel to represent each of their organisations and present its current and future projects, programmes and aims.

This panel consisted of OXFAM, International Media Support (IMS), Danmission, Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), Jordanian Women Union (JWU), Danish Trade Union Council for International Development Cooperation, and DIGNITY, represented by the Country Representative, Lubna Nasser.

Ms. Nasser spoke about the aim for the national antitorture programme, Karama[1], of addressing the challenges, such as the lack of implementation of legal safeguards, and that impunity for perpetrators remains the biggest obstacle to the prevention of torture and to the provision of fair and adequate reparation. Ms. Nasser said: “Our chosen approach as DIGNITY (in Jordan) is often a practical and technical approach. We engage in joint efforts to produce manuals and guidelines – sets of procedures – that can support the gradual change of behaviors to support better practices in the legal system.”

With the launch’s purpose of sharing research, findings, strategies and potential, and the aim of encouraging each other to keep up the work for development, the launch succeeded. Through the different speeches and following chance to network it became clear that every participant had a common interest and a shared awareness for a Jordan in progress in cooperation with DAPP.

“…if it wasn’t for the continuous support and belief of DAPP (the Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs) in the quality of the work, this programme may not have been entering this new phase now, and what is more important is the partners’ ownership and commitment to the fight against torture because even if we have the financial resources to implement a project or certain set of activities we will never have the real impact and change without the serious engagement of the partners.” Ms. Lubna said.

[1] See box about the Karama programme

In Jordan, the Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (DMFA) under DAPP is funding and collaborating in the national anti-torture programme called Karama. The programme is based on an approach of mutual responsibility where state institutions, semi-state institutions and CSOs cooperate to achieve the common goal; to eliminate the use of torture and other forms of ill-treatment

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