24 March, 2013 – Amman, Jordan: At an official signing ceremony at Generations For Peace Amman headquarters, Norway’s Ambassador to Jordan, HE Petter Olberg, and Generations For Peace CEO, Mark Clark, today signed a grant agreement for Norway’s support to Generations For Peace. Witnessed by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, Founder and Chairman of Generations For Peace, the signing makes the Royal Norwegian Embassy the first official non-commercial partner for the “2013 International Amman Camp – Building Future Pioneers for Peace”.
Scheduled for 19th – 28th of October, the Camp will take place at Generations For Peace Conference Centre in Al Hussein Sport City. The ninth since 2007, this Camp will have a special focus on the MENA region, training seventy selected youth leaders from Jordan, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine and Yemen to become Generations For Peace Delegates.
In remarks made at the signing, HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, highlighted the importance of this partnership, “This is an important and special Camp for Generations For Peace, and as our non-commercial partner, the Royal Norwegian Embassy’s support reflects Norway’s reputation for peace building and conflict transformation in the region and around the world. We both share a sincere commitment to promote the values of youth leadership, community empowerment, active tolerance and responsible citizenship.”
H.E. Ambassador Petter Olberg stated at the signing that “Generations For Peace have demonstrated the success of their unique cascading model and their focus on innovation, quality, impact and sustainability. Our partnership will benefit a new group of Delegates from the region and begin their peace-building journey to create a better future in their own communities, across a very important region.”
The ten-day Camp will provide the selected participants – all of them volunteers aged 25-35 – with a hands-on learning experience covering conflict transformation theory, knowledge, skills and practice in application to their context, as well as the opportunity to share and exchange across cultures from different countries.
Generations For Peace and the Norwegian Government share an understanding of violent conflict as a barrier to development, whose complexity demands an adaptive approach. The success of the previous eight camps, and their proven impact on the ground in local communities on three continents, has demonstrated the return on investment that comes from the work volunteers do when they return home and implement their peace-building programmes.