UNDP Awards Small Grants to 9 NGOsFeb 22, 2017
Amman- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has signed grant agreements with the total amount of 525 thousand dollars today with nine non-governmental Jordanian organizations in the area of natural resources’ conservation.
Six agreements were signed under the Small Grants Programme (SGP), funded by the Global Environment Fund (GEF) with a focus on environmental development projects in the areas of promoting and enhancing community renewable energy culture, promoting eco-tourism, forest protection, sustainable agriculture and women empowerment to sustainable resources management and promotion of renewable energy. This year marks the beginning of the Sixth Operational Phase (OP6) with the main focus on “The Northern Mountainous Terrain” which was selected based on specific social, economic, environmental and topographic criteria to promote strategic programming and clustering of small grant projects with the aim to achieve greater impact and lead to synergies and opportunities for scaling up.
The Small Grants Programme in Jordan aims to provide financial and technical support to community-based organizations (CBOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) for projects in Biodiversity, Climate Change, Land Degradation and Sustainable Forest Management, International Waters and Persistent Organic Pollutant (POPs). 210 projects have been awarded through the SGP with a total of 7M$ since its establishment in 1992.
Moreover, three additional agreements were signed with a total award of 300 thousand dollars under the “Enhancing Resilience of Host Communities in Jordan by Promoting Sustainable Water Solutions” programme funded by The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) with the aim to strengthen service delivery in host communities affected by the Syrian refugee crisis through enhancing the resilience of local public facilities to the unprecedented pressure on water resources in the Governorates of Mafraq, Irbid, Zarqa, Jarash and Ajloun.
It is worth mentioning that the grant agreements were signed by UNDP’s country director and representative Ms. Sara Ferrer Olivella and the heads of the awarded NGOs.