Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS) has been appointed Head of Network by Ministry of Foreign Affairs since November 2010.
The Jordanian Network is coordinated by the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS), appointed Head of Network by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in December 2010. The Institute was also a runner-up in the first edition of the Anna Lindh Foundation’s Euro-Med Dialogue Award launched in 2006 on the theme of interfaith dialogue and voted upon by civil society Networks in more than 30 countries.
As Head of the Jordanian Network of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue Between Cultures (ALF) since 2010, RIIFS engages the network, which currently consists of 75 member, in consultation with the Steering Committee, in organizing activities that are consistent with ALF’s strategy. The goal is to promote acceptance of pluralism and cultural diversity, mutual respect among societies, religions and beliefs and the acknowledgment of the rule of law and fundamental freedoms in the Euro-Med region.
At the start of 2007, the ALF organised in Amman, in partnership with the Network, a national training seminar for NGOs and civil society groups which included components on: networking and new media tools; the development of transnational project proposals in the field of media, culture and education; sharing good practice in cross-cultural dialogue work; a simulation of project evaluation and monitoring. The ALF also organised in Amman in 2007 a seminar on ‘Linguistic Awareness of Cultures’ and the teacher training workshop on ‘How to Use New Teaching Materials on Religious Diversity in the Classroom’.
Jordanian civil society has been actively involved in developing, leading and partnering in transnational projects for intercultural dialogue from 2006 to 2011, creating partnerships with organisations in more than 30 Euro-Mediterranean countries; projects have focused on the field of education, youth, artistic creation and academic cooperation. In May 2011, the Jordanian Network organised its first common action "Alwan Baladna" festival in collaboration with the Network members and under the patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal. The same month saw the ALF organise the first Euro-Med High-Level Meeting of Television Leaders at the Dead Sea in Jordan.
Among its activities was a capacity-building activity, entitled “Social Media: Influence and Change,” in response to the “Believe in Dialogue: Act for Citizenship” ALF initiative; and several general meetings with key civil society organizations to formulate network strategy. RIIFS has participated in annual Heads of Network Meetings in Brussels, Belgium and Krakow, Poland; Cyprus in two Arab regional meeting in Cairo and Alex; and in the ALF “Meeting of High Level Advisory Group for a Renewed Strategy of Intercultural Dialogue in the Emerging Mediterranean,” at the EC headquarters in Brussels.
Moreover, Anna Lindh National Network organises each year a program of several activities on “Active Citizenship” that is implemented in the governorates of Jordan (north, middle and south) reaching youth, women and refugees. which during 2012-2013 involved key civil society organization ALF members in order to translate the action into sustainable, far-reaching and permanent actions.
In the framework of the Dawrak – Citizens for Dialogue, 2012 witnessed the network empowerment meeting with the participation of Syrians and the mini convention in the Dead Sea. In March 2014 ALF organised in cooperation with RIIFS Dawark: Art for Change capacity building convention in Amman with participation of over 50 youth cultural leaders coming from Jordan, Lebanon, Tunis, Morocco, Algeria, Syria, Libya, Mauritania, Egypt and Palestine. Also the Young Arab Voices programme organised a training of trainers in cooperation with the Jordanian Network.
In 2013, Rabeea Najm Al-Din Al-Naser, the Jordanian founder and manager of House of Tales and Music (HTM), was nominated by RIIFS and elected by the members of the Anna Lindh National Networks to be the winner of this year’s EuroMed Dialogue Award, which was held under the theme “Migrants as Ambassadors for Mutual Understanding. ” HTM aims to support children affected by conflict, poverty and deprivation by providing them a safe space to express themselves and discover the world around them through stories and arts.
In 2014 in the framework of the Jordanian Network Common Action RIIFS has organised "Tales and Music Bus" Initiative of the HTM. The team of the narrators of the stories and playwrights and painters, musicians and athletes went to Zaatari to bring joy to the faces of more than 200 children between the ages of 7-13, in addition to the participation of 12 Syrian Youth Volunteers and some of Jordanian youth members who assisted and attended the workshops.
In 2016, in the framework of Network Intercultural Activity (NIA), the network held a series of training Seminars entitled “Media and Music for a Peaceful and Inclusive Society” which was organised in cooperation with number of partner organizations, namely the Arab Women Media Center, Sisterhood is Global Institute, Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development, Tajalla and the Youth for Youth Association. The content of the program focused on four main pillars of intercultural dialogue: Media, Activism (Gender inclusiveness), Art and Interfaith Dialogue. Youth participants were asked about perceptions, opinions, beliefs, and attitudes towards the four intercultural themes in three focus groups sessions organised in three governorates; Mafraq, Madaba and Karak which revealed detailed information and deep insight that the youth hold towards the four themes. The main training program was held in purpose of dealing with these results through initiatives that will be carried out by youth.
The important role the media plays in promoting intercultural dialogue - especially in the face of extremism - has been stressed by the three journalists that have won the 9th edition of the Anna Lindh Foundation Mediterranean Journalist Award and 2016 Award Ceremony that was held in Amman, Jordan, in February 2016, Under the patronage of her Royal Highness Princess Reem Al Ali. Meantime, Jordanian Media Institute (JMI) held “Debate to Action” communications and leadership programme which gathered at least 30 young women and men from Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya who benefitted from the sessions which aim to develop their ability to make their voice heard in the public realm and to turn their ideas into actions.