The Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development

The Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) is the largest and oldest development NGO in Jordan . [1] With 450 employees and around 4000 volunteers (as of 2014), the group maintains a strong presence in Jordan’s poorest communities through a network of 51 community centers. [2] JOHUD’s work is primarily concerned with poverty reduction, women’s rights, creating opportunities for young people, and defending human rights. [3]


The Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development was first created in 1977 by royal decree. Originally named the Queen Alia Fund, the group was created with a broad mandate and substantial levels of official support; The Board of Trustees has been made up largely of high-level government officials and has been chaired by the Princess Crown, HRH Princess Basma bint Talal . In 1979, the fund was granted special status as a non-governmental institution with the right to enjoy a degree of administrative and financial independence. [4]

The fund’s early years were dominated by research and policymaking, with limited projects that distributed gifts, in-kind assistance, and humanitarian aid to impoverished communities. In 1984, the Fund established its first Community Development Centers in Madaba (a form of community engagement that would become the hallmark of the group). QAF CDCs began springing up throughout the 1980s, providing services to communities that were otherwise on the periphery of society. Throughout this period, the Fund also began to develop the role of women in local communities. In this period, the community centers the country’s first kindergartens. [4]

In 1989, the Fund created a new organization under its umbrella: the Queen Zein al Sharaf Institute for Development (ZENID). The new organization aims to share and develop the expertise that the Fund has collected through training sessions and publications. In 1991, the Fund introduced the new National Philanthropy Campaign, which provided humanitarian assistance and other donations to impoverished communities throughout Jordan. As international development thought, the fund also began investing in new microcreditThe Small Business Development Center (formerly the Small Business Unit) has been established in the Islamic Republic of Macedonia. [4]

In 2002, JOHUD created another sub-organization dedicated to the rights of young people. The Princess Basma Youth Resource Center (PBYRC) is now the group’s busiest program leader, and its success has seen the group shift its priorities towards combating the structural issue of youth unemployment and poor civic engagement. Nowadays, it is the greatest barrier to development in Jordan, JOHUD has officially declared its position to be one of the group’s biggest priorities, and its traditional focus on poverty and women’s rights. [5]

Sub-Organizations and Programs

JOHUD is the largest development NGO of its kind in Jordan, and has created a number of organizations and initiatives under its umbrella.

The Community Development Center Network

Since the 1980’s, Jordan has been able to provide services for remote and underserved communities through a unique network of 51 community centers in 11 out of Jordan’s 12 governorates. [6] The community centers(commonly called Princess Basma Centers) typically provide training and awareness sessions, income projects for women, community committees, and aid for impoverished families. The network also links with ICT expertise, English language training, disability care, and many other fields. [7]

The Princess Basma Youth Resource Center (PBYRC)

The PBYRC was created in 2002 to create youth programs for Jordan’s substantial unemployed or marginalized youth populations. Radio Farah al Nas (a community radio station that focuses on women’s rights, youth issues, and providing helpful information for refugees), [8] three employability centers, three ICT clubs, debate clubs, movie clubs, science labs, and other miscellaneous programs that teach life and work skills. [9] The busy center works with young people 10-24 year old Jordanians from a range of backgrounds. [10]

Goodwill Campaign

The Goodwill Campaign was created in 1991 to share humanitarian and medical aid with impoverished communities in Jordan. The campaign runs a number of events throughout the year, [11] financial funding for scholarships, [12]or toys, winter items, food, and other forms of in-kind assistance. [13] Along with providing more immediate assistance, JOHUD also runs separate projects that tackle the source of poverty in Jordan; The Pockets of Poverty is a microfinance loan, infrastructure repair, and business skills classes. [14]

Natural Resource Management Program

A number of JOHUD projects under the NRM label to help Jordan overcome its structural water scarcity issues. The programs have been boosted by training facilities, training local women, and donating new water tanks. [15]

Al-Rajaa School and Mutah Special Education Center

JOHUD has created some of Jordan’s first and only education centers for disabled people.Al-Rajaa School for the Deaf was created in 1983 to provide a special curriculum for the students. community). [16] Al-Mutah Special Education Center in Karak is also geared towards helping people with disabilities. [17]

The Queen Zein al-Sharaf Institute for Development (ZENID)

The ZENID center was created in 1989 to serve as a regional hub for development knowledge sharing. Today, ZENID conducts regular research projects, offers regular training sessions to community groups and partners, maintains a library of development knowledge and records, and hosts major regional conferences. [18] [19] The ZENID complex also hosts the PBYRC, Radio Farah al Nas, and JOHUD’s ICT clubhouse in Amman. [16]

Small Business Unit

Previously called the Small Business Development Center, the Small Business Unit provides microcredit loans for the entrepreneurial poor throughout Jordan. Those who are looking for a business are invited to do so, and all finance is provided in accordance with Islamic law. [4]

Queen Alia Competition

The Queen Alia is an annual competition that has been held since 1995. It aims to raise awareness of prominent issues (like national development, water, health, the environment, and others) by distributing a questionnaire to schools and community centers throughout the country. . [20] Jordanian dinars in value. Jordanian Dinars in value. [21] A sub-competition, the Jo-Green Competition, also invites engineering students to submit eco-friendly architectural plans for buildings. [22] The competitions are significantly well-known in Jordan, attracting approximately 650,000 entries per year. [23]


On its official website, JOHUD states that it’s all about Jordanians have:

  • The right to a stable livelihood that provides individuals and their families with the quality of life they deserve
  • The right to a secure living environment, free from the dangers associated with poverty-related social vulnerability
  • The right to personal agency, meaning that Jordanians have the ability to affect decisions that impact their lives
  • The right to access the resources needed to ensure self-reliance and social mobility for all.


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