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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Rule of Law Matters Project in Jordan

Non-governmental organization (NGO)
    The Rule of Law Matters Project is an ambitious project that aims to improve youth and community members’ knowledge of rule of law concepts, build their civic skills, and empower them with confidence to engage in the process of strengthening a rule of law culture in Jordan. Through this project, Street Law and its local partner will: 1) develop a locally applicable and relevant curriculum on the rule of law; 2) train 60 teachers on how to use interactive teaching methodology to effectively implement the curriculum; 3) monitor and support the instructors as they teach the lessons in their classrooms and community settings. Street Law will conduct a thorough evaluation of the teachers and their students to assess the knowledge, skill, and attitude changes brought about by the project. Throughout the project, Street Law and it's local partner will work with national and regional government officials to ensure that the curriculum will be institutionalized in schools and communities following this initial piloting period.
    Expected Impact

    This project will contribute to improved rule of law culture and systems in Jordan. It will advance the rule of law in Jordan by fostering the development of a rule of law culture int he nation's young people. The program is designed to ensure that learners gain not only critical knowledge of rule of law concepts but also build the skills and attitudes and skills they need to protect human rights, promote equality and fairness, and participate in their communities as active and informed citizens.

    Arab World Center for Democratic Development

    Goal 16

    Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

    Goal 16


    Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere

    Number of victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 population, by sex and age
    Conflict-related deaths per 100,000 population, by sex, age and cause

    Proportion of population subjected to (a) physical violence, (b) psychological violence and/or (c) sexual violence in the previous 12 months


    Proportion of population that feel safe walking alone around the area they live after dark


    End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children


    Proportion of children aged 1–17 years who experienced any physical punishment and/or psychological aggression by caregivers in the past month

    Number of victims of human trafficking per 100,000 population, by sex, age and form of exploitation

    Proportion of young women and men aged 18–29 years who experienced sexual violence by age 18


    Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all


    Proportion of victims of (a) physical, (b) psychological and/or (c) sexual violence in the previous 12 months who reported their victimization to competent authorities or other officially recognized conflict resolution mechanisms

    Unsentenced detainees as a proportion of overall prison population

    Proportion of the population who have experienced a dispute in the past two years and who accessed a formal or informal dispute resolution mechanism, by type of mechanism


    By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime

    Total value of inward and outward illicit financial flows (in current United States dollars)
    Proportion of seized, found or surrendered arms whose illicit origin or context has been traced or established by a competent authority in line with international instruments


    Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms

    Proportion of persons who had at least one contact with a public official and who paid a bribe to a public official, or were asked for a bribe by those public officials, during the previous 12 months
    Proportion of businesses that had at least one contact with a public official and that paid a bribe to a public official, or were asked for a bribe by those public officials during the previous 12 months


    Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels

    Primary government expenditures as a proportion of original approved budget, by sector (or by budget codes or similar)

    Proportion of population satisfied with their last experience of public services


    Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels


    Proportions of positions in national and local institutions, including (a) the legislatures; (b) the public service; and (c) the judiciary, compared to national distributions, by sex, age, persons with disabilities and population groups

    Proportion of population who believe decision-making is inclusive and responsive, by sex, age, disability and population group


    Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance


    Proportion of members and voting rights of developing countries in international organizations


    By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration

    Proportion of children under 5 years of age whose births have been registered with a civil authority, by age


    Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements

    Number of verified cases of killing, kidnapping, enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention and torture of journalists, associated media personnel, trade unionists and human rights advocates in the previous 12 months
    Number of countries that adopt and implement constitutional, statutory and/or policy guarantees for public access to information


    Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime

    Existence of independent national human rights institutions in compliance with the Paris Principles


    Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development

    Proportion of population reporting having personally felt discriminated against or harassed in the previous 12 months on the basis of a ground of discrimination prohibited under international human rights law
    Name Description
    Rule of Law curriculum that is relevant and applicable to young people in Jordan
    Training for 60 instructors
    Implementation of lessons for at least 1200 young people
    Comprehensive formative and impact evaluation that informs future work
    Financing (in USD)
    Approximately 450,000 to fund curriculum development, training, teacher support, and evaluation
    Staff / Technical expertise
    Expertise of curriculum design, teacher training, and evaluation specialists
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    Action Network
    SDG Acceleration Actions
    01 June 2019 (start date)
    30 November 2020 (date of completion)
    Street Law, Inc.
    1. West Asia
    Geographical coverage
    Silver Spring, MD
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    Contact Information

    Ben Perdue, Director, International Programs