Jul 09, 2020
USAID YouthPower deploys intricate collaborative approaches to engage youth and help them achieve the positive development and agency required to become active citizens in their communities. To that end, USAID YouthPower is working in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth to build the Youth Network Portal. Aspiring to be a new impetus for Jordanian youth, “The Youth Network Portal” is a dynamic portal that will address young people in Jordan and provide access to youth-related national information and educational materials. The main aim of the portal is to provide young people in Jordan aged 10 to 29 with information, learning materials, resources and opportunities around a wide range of topics tackled by the USAID YouthPower Program. The content of “The Youth... Read more
Jul 09, 2020
How pivoting from auditing to advising helps financial institutions manage risk during COVID-19 By Richard Shumann,Chief Risk Officer for Vitas Group
This blog entry was originally published on FinDev Gateway   Internal auditors are an essential component of microfinance providers’ internal control and risk management functions, but how should they react to a sudden crisis? Experience in Vitas Group shows that a quick pivot from auditing to advising, supported by management and collaboration among auditors, helps financial institutions adjust internal controls and manage risk. Vitas Group operates micro and small enterprise... Read more
Jul 08, 2020
The USAID YouthPower “One Hour with MBM” talk show is a digital outreach and engagement tool introduced by the program to host youth influencers, activists, and facilitators engaging positively in their communities. The show grants them a space to highlight challenges and opportunities they have faced and speak about how they have managed to overcome them. Additionally, the show hosts public figures, community leaders, academics, politicians, economists, and people implementing initiatives at the national level, allowing youth to discuss multiple topics that affect their lives and benefit from the knowledge and experiences shared by the guests. On June 18, the show hosted Dr. Mohammad Al Momani, the Former Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communication. The dialogue in this episode... Read more
Jul 06, 2020
As a response to the COVID-19 crisis, USAID YouthPower introduced a special web show to provide support and address the psychosocial needs of youth during the lockdown era. The talk show features specialists with hands-on experience with relevant youth topics and issues. Entitled “Mind Power,” this talk show consists of two parts. The first part showcases the specialists and the show’s host, Tala Mattar, constructively tackling a specific topic. The second part is a live chat conducted via the YouthPower Private Facebook Group page. This has granted youth the opportunity to comment, question, and share their thoughts on the topics addressed on the talk show. Since its launch, “Mind Power” has aired 10 episodes and reached more than 4,000 views and 1,000 engagements. During June, “Mind... Read more
Jun 22, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has severely impacted the business community around the world. Small businesses in developing economies have been hit particularly hard. Countries like Iraq and Lebanon were experiencing social and political unrest as the pandemic struck, while Jordan and Palestine were already facing economic recessions, further compounding their problems. This report summarizes the results of a COVID-19 client survey among Vitas Group network institutions. Surveys were conducted in May 2020 with clients in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Romania, where Vitas served a combined 90,298 active clients and an... Read more
Jun 12, 2020
Recycling clothing to benefit the environment and disadvantage Nermeen Al Tamimi, 22, grew up in a family that is passionate about volunteering and public service. When Nermeen was still a student in high school, she volunteered alongside her sister for a charitable initiative they founded where they performed charity works for the elderly and orphans. Later on, Nermeen started making her own way to volunteer work taking on a project after project in the different governorates of Jordan. Nermeen’s love for community work led her to complete her undergraduate studies with an honors degree in Sociology. After graduating, however, she was shocked at the lack of job opportunities in the market within this field of study. Therefore, she invested her time in personal and academic development... Read more
Jun 10, 2020
Green Buildings to Protect the Environment Shahed Al-Khateeb, 24 and originally from Jordan, has always been passionate about the environment and finding sustainable architectural solutions to protect it. After graduating from high school in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where her family resided, she applied for the Faculty of Architecture at Al Zaytoonah University in Jordan since this specialization in Saudi Arabia was limited to Saudi nationals only. But when her father refused to let her study abroad alone, she enrolled in a university in Saudi Arabia and majored in Information Technology. Shahed’s desire to study architecture remained, and after a year and a half of continuous efforts to persuade her father, she was finally able to convince him to travel back to Jordan and study the major of... Read more
Jun 08, 2020
Youth masters digital interactive initiative to engage youth and drive positive change within communities USAID YouthPower deploys innovative and multilayered capacity building approaches that empower youth to act as engaged citizens and productive members of society with the agency to advocate for themselves, and to shape services designed to better prepare them to enter higher education, vocational training and the workforce.
Mohammad Irbehat, 27 years. Editor and voiceover recordist - founding member of the Abu Shbaib Family Riddles Show. Earlier this year, in part to reduce missed opportunities of engaging youth beause of the coronavirus, USAID YouthPower introduced The Learning Clubs, informal community... Read more
May 13, 2020
Educating those suffering from obesity to transform their lives According to the latest Global Nutrition Report, 28.2% of women and 43.1% of men in Jordan are obese. This is an extremely alarming matter, especially that obesity is directly linked with increased health problems, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The risk of obesity has recently increased due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the consequent government-imposed curfew and lockdowns; not only have gyms and fitness centers been closed but people have been forced to stay inside, with limited hours allowed for them to leave their houses. Without the proper guidance and psychosocial support needed, this might as well lead to binge eating and emotional eating disorders which would eventually alleviate obesity... Read more
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