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Promoting volunteerism in Jordan in Aqaba and Wadi Musa/Petra, Jordan

Thursday, 25 June 2015 23:01 Written by 
  • Location(s): Jordan
  • Type(s): Solution
  • Theme(s): Climate Change, Crisis Prevention, Poverty Reduction
  • SDG(s): 1. No poverty, 13. Climate Action
  • Locations in the Arab States: Jordan
  • Types in the Arab States: Solution
  • Themes in the Arab States: Climate Change, Crisis Prevention, Disaster Risk Management
  • SDGs in the Arab States: 13. Climate Action

Development challenge and key achievements:

UNDP-Jordan started a comprehensive project u201cEnhancing Institutional Capacities to Reduce Disaster Risk and to Integrate Climate Change in Jordanu201d focusing on two local authorities; Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) and Petra Development Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA). Among the activities of this project is to establish a Neighbourhoods Disaster Volunteers (NVD) in the two areas. The mission of the study tour in Istanbul is to observe the NDV implementation in Istanbul and Bursa by learning and exchanging experiences with each other, aiming to have an Action Plan for both authorities.

The comparative advantage of the solution:

Aqaba and Petra have both suffered from disaster risks such as floods; earthquakes, and climate change. Their citizens have lost properties, lives and infrastructure that consumed most of the municipal budgets, and these losses occur because of a lack of experience, absence of institutional coordination in this aspect and lack of disaster risk management. This project aims to help build a framework to reduce disasters risks with UNDP, so the need to work with stakeholders who affect positively or negatively this project is imperative. One of the key stakeholders is the local community, which requires training, raising awareness, and involvement in the mission, e.g. a move to promote disaster volunteers in the neighbourhood has to be worked in both approaches: institutionally and locally.

Turkey, which is mostly vulnerable to disasters such as earthquakes, started a Neighbourhood Disaster Volunteers project; they mobilized many volunteers by training and equipping them as necessary. Therefore, a trip to Turkey provided a good opportunity for the 4 DRR staff from Petra and Aqaba to study the Turkish experience on-site, meet volunteers, and establish a solid base for a long-term partnership with the solution provider MAG foundation.

Lessons Learned:

The lessons were converted into an Action Plan for establishing Neighbourhood Disaster Volunteers in both Aqaba and Petra. The Action Plans are currently being implemented by the local governments, and UNDP Jordan has continued to support with both training and equipment. Another lesson was that it is necessary to learn from similar experiences in different locations; another community-based DRR project has been identified in Morocco, which resembles more the local environment in the Petra region. Due to the local context it is important to compare with various successful experiments and work on implementing the most relevant.

Recent Annual Budget (USD): 15,000

Total Budget (USD): 23,000

Focal Point and Contact:
Pelle Lutken
DRR Programme Analyst UNDP
Queen Rania Street, Amman Jordan
Tel: +962 79 7656654
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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