Amman, January, 2024 – Generations For Peace (GFP) has inaugurated the ‘Thiqa’ programme in collaboration with the municipalities of Al-Salt and Al-Karak, supported by the Netherlands-based Porticus. The seven-month programme aims to amplify youth civic engagement by building capacities and facilitating transformative dialogue between officials from the two municipalities and 30 youth leaders aged 18 to 30, residing in the two governorates.

Commenting on the launch of the programme, Dr Mohanned Al Arabiat, President and Acting CEO of GFP, said that ‘Thiqa’ programme draws its name from the aspirations of GFP to build bridges of dialogue, interaction, and trust between officials, decision-makers, governmental entities, and youth representing their communities.

He added that enhancing constructive interactions between municipal officials and youth, especially those with fewer opportunities for engagement, and creating spaces for effective communication between the two parties will contribute to building an actionable youth plan responsive to community priorities in Al-Salt and Al-Karak.

Commenting on the inauguration of the training sessions Muhammad Al Hyari, President of Al-Salt Municipality, said: “This programme resonates with our commitment to nurturing the potential of our youth. It creates avenues and builds capacities for constructive dialogue and meaningful collaboration between municipal officials and young leaders. We are eager to see the positive outcomes that will undoubtedly emerge from this partnership.”

Meanwhile, Baker Ma’ayta, Director of Public Relations Directorate, Al-Karak Municipality said: “As a municipality dedicated to the development of our community, addressing their aspirations, concerns, and challenges, this collaboration with GFP reflects our vision of promoting inclusive decision-making. By fostering dialogue between municipal officials and young leaders, ‘Thiqa’ opens doors for constructive and sustainable interactions.”

As part of the programme, GFP will deliver a series of specialised training sessions, workshops, and follow-up sessions on transformative dialogue, and policy analysis. This collaborative effort seeks to identify youth priorities, design an actionable youth-led plan with implementable recommendations, establish constructive communication channels, and identify partners for executing joint action plans.

‘Thiqa’ places a significant emphasis on enhancing the digital strategic communication skills of local municipal officials and aims to equip officials with the tools to engage effectively with young people, especially through social media. This strategic approach aims to support trust-building, increase transparency, and promote accountability.