RECENT ACTIVITIES & PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS:
2017-2018: Vision Center for Strategic and Development Studies worked in accordance with the Jordan Chamber of Industry (JCI) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) to identify good practices for attracting and retaining Jordanians and Syrians in the Manufacturing Sector in Jordan, and to create a framework for implementing the National Employment and Empowerment Program (NEEP).
2017: Together with the JCI, Vision Center carried out a project with the goal of creating a marketing strategy for the National Packaging and Labeling Center in Jordan.
2017: Vision Center for Strategic and Development Studies in accordance with the Economic and Social Council, conducted a Study about the Role of the Private Sector in Education, Training, Employment, and Developing Human Resources in Jordan. The study aimed at exploring the point of view of a number of business owners in the private sector regarding their roles in training, employment, and human resources in Jordan.
2016-2017: Vision Center carried out an elaborate evaluation of government restructuring policies of the public sector in Jordan together with the Economic and Social Council.
2015: Vision Center for Strategic and Development Studies conducted a project called “Qatar Initiatives for Syrian Refugees” in accordance with MICA Qatar Consulting Services. The refugee issue is critical to Jordan’s development because in an already resource-scarce country, the influx of over half a million refugees has placed additional strain on infrastructure and aid supplies.
2014: In collaboration with the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), The Vision Center for Strategic and Development Studies conducted a series of workshops on how to combat corruption in Jordan from February to May
Workshop 1: Concept of Corruption
Content: On the first day of the workshop they covered different types of corruption both in Jordan and internationally. On the second day of the workshop they covered different legal instruments in both Jordan and internationally.
Workshop 2: Public Sector Corruption
Content: On Day One forms of corruption related to the public sector were discussed. On Day Two remedies against public sector corruption in Jordan (and elsewhere) were discussed.
Workshop 3: Private Sector Corruption
Content: On the first day forms of corruption related to the private sector in Jordan (and elsewhere) were discussed. On the second day remedies for the Private sector corruption (and elsewhere) were discussed.
Workshop 4: Civil Society, Media and Corruption
Content: On the first day forms of corruption related to Civil Society and the Media were discussed. On the second day remedies for corruption in Civil Society and the Media were discussed.
Workshop 5: Relationship between Corruption, Rule of Law and Good Governance
Content: On the first day concepts of Rule of Law and Good Governance, their codification and implementation in Jordan (and elsewhere) were discussed. On the second day the importance of accountability (public and private) and checks and balances were discussed.
Workshop 6: NGO’s Strategies and Initiatives in Combatting Corruption
Content: On the first day speakers presented and discussion took place on the role of CSOs, the investment sector, the media, and the legislature in combating corruption. On the second day the NGOs presented and discussed their initiatives for fighting corruption within its various forms.
2013: Together with Konrad Adenaur Stiftung (KAS) Visions Center carried out a training for 80 NGO’s in the middle of Jordan, along with 80 NGO’s in the south of Jordan – which materialized in to a “Training Manual for NGO’s in Jordan”.
2012-2013: Vision Center carried out 4 workshops with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) on civic participation and combating corruption.
Workshop 1-2: “How To Run Effective Election Campaign” 28 Dec 2012 and 14 Jan 2013, Workshop 3: “Enhancing Citizenship in Combating Corruption in the Arab World” 12-13 Feb 2013, and Workshop 4: “Legislation Reform and Role of NGO and Political Parties in Combating Corruption” 15 -16 June 2013.
2013: Vision Center, in collaboration with the Swiss Embassy in Jordan, carried out seminar on combating corruption.
2012: Vision Center in collaboration with the Jordan Chamber of Commerce, and Jordan Chamber of Industry, carried out a project on investment mapping for Zarqa within the private sector.
2012: Visions Center provided capacity building for Oman’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for building public relation seminars, arbitration and negotiation skills.
2012: Visions Center held a conference on Governance and Transparency in Amman, with our partners from the West Bank and Germany. The conference addressed corruption in the political and social sphere. Participants included representatives from the Higher Education, Judicial, Governmental, Private, and NGO sectors.
2012: Visions Center provided capacity building training for the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Political Development for their liaison officers, staff on their institutional roles and responsibilities, communication skills with other departments, and understanding the role of good-governance, transparency and accountability in building a competent and efficient institution. Visions Center simultaneously developed manuals for the ministry on how to build effective relations and communication between the legislative and the executive branch.
2011-2012: Visions Center worked with Oman’s Ministry of Media to provide a national strategy for their media public awareness campaign.
2010-2012: Visions Center along with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) designed and implemented special capacity building programs for the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Political Development on empowering and developing skills for the Legislative and Executive branch in terms of advocacy and lobbying for legislative and political reform within the government.
February 21, 2011 Conference: At the conference,“Decentralization and Local Development in Jordan” the main objectives were achieved: Define the main concepts related to decentralization, civic participation, and strategic planning for local development, Present comparative experiences in local development and civic participation from other countries, Establish approaches based on scientific analysis and methodology to make decentralization and civic participation more effective, and to provide participants with new skills and principles of urban planning and civic participation dimensions.
March 24, 2011 Conference: At the conference, “The Role of Municipalities in Local Development in Jordan” the main objectives were achieved: Define the main concepts related to the management of local resources of municipalities, Present comparative global experiences on local development and civic participation, Identify obstacles to civic participation and local development; and establish scientific approaches towards resolving them, and to highlight the role of master planning in preparing local development strategies for municipalities.
2011: Visions Center, in collaboration with KAS, published the book: Decentralization and Local Development in Jordan. This book intends to shed light on the significant developmental role of the governorates, to expand public participation in the decision-making process, and to promote the priorities of local development issues. These goals have been designed in accordance with the principle of decentralization, the strategic planning approach, and the integrative participatory management in determining priorities for local, comprehensive, and sustainable development.
2011: Visions Center provided training for the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait armies, on methods to engage the media, war-airfares and effective management, leadership skills, and communication skills.
2010–2012: Visions Center provided trainings for municipality employees on budget management, strategic planning for local development in governorate, self-finance projects, and SME management. Trainings were provided in Salt, Ajloun, Madaba, Jerash, Zarqa, Karak.
2010-2012: Visions Center, in cooperation with the Arab Federation, has conducted trainings for engineers in Cyprus and Turkey since 2010 to present. The target groups are oil and petroleum companies. Each training course is one month in duration and provides trainings in: management system for projects by use of software, quality management, and evaluation.
2010-2011: Visions Center provided consultancy to Birzeit University Institute of Law on commercial laws for the Palestinian Authority.
2009: Visions Center conducted a public opinion survey in 2009 on Jordan’s parliamentary election. It aimed to measure attitude towards the parliamentary election, voting and political participation. This public opinion survey was conducted for the Ministry of Interior.
2009: Visions Center carried out a survey to measure decentralization indicators in different local communities throughout Jordan. This was in preparation for our multi-partnership project on decentralization. It measured concept reception, fiscal management, public policy and public administration implementation, and planning development.
2009: Visions Center provided trainings on capacity building in Iraq for provincial councils in Karkuk, Diyala, and Mosul.