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March 26, 2015

Irbid (March 25th, 2015) – The winners of the Madrasati Ajmal “Towards a More Beautiful School” competition were announced today by the USAID-funded Yarmouk Community Enhancement Team (CET).  The winners were Al-Seeleh Secondary School for Girls, Kharja Secondary School for Boys, Khadeeja Bint Khuwailed Elementary School for Girls, Al-Khairiyeh Mixed Elementary School, and Um Kalthoum Mixed Elementary School.

The competition encouraged and equipped communities to develop ways to improve and beautify local school environments using funds provided by USAID’s Community Engagement Project (CEP). Students, faculty, parents, and community members were encouraged to seek outside partnerships to augment activities.

Winners received vouchers to cover the cost of one educational or recreational piece of equipment based on school needs. The schools were selected based on criteria such as message content, creativity, partner contribution, number of participants, and collaboration with other schools.

March 9, 2015

Jordan's Ministry of Environment and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today launched a two-day workshop on the use of biosolids to improve soil and stimulate plant growth. Bio-solids are nutrient-rich materials that are a byproduct of wastewater treatment that can be applied as a soil conditioner to stimulate plant growth for grazing in semi-arid areas.

March 8, 2015

Girls in Tech, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that helps women cultivate ideas and careers around entrepreneurship and technology, launched its Jordan chapter today with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

November 25, 2014

 The USAID Takamol Gender Project today launched an online initiative on Facebook called “Faces of Takamol Al Udron,” part of the global "16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV)" program. 

May 28, 2014

Jordan Tech Sector

March 5, 2014

Senior Acquisition & Assistance Specialist


Online Photo and Art competition on “Towards Gender Equality: How have men and women’s roles changed in Jordan?

Contest details, terms and conditions, and eligibility criteria

On the heels of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, USAID/Jordan is pleased to announce an online art and photo contest. Contestants are invited to submit an original photo OR a work of art.


The photo or work of art must capture one or all of these sub-categories -

1.    Challenge gender stereotypes

2.    Represent the changing, positive gender dynamics in Jordan

3.    Depict the changes you wish to see



Jordan has made many important strides on gender equality and women’s empowerment.  The country has successfully closed or reversed the gender gap in female education at all levels.  Stereotypes have been broken. Women’s access to education, health services and public sector employment is laudable. Yet -

·         Approximately 85% of Jordanian women are not participating in the labor force.  

·         Women earn considerably less than men. The gender pay gap remains among the largest in the world, with women earning only 18% on average of what men do.

·         Constraints on women’s political participation persist despite expanding quotas for women in national and municipal bodies: only 12% of parliament seats and 11% of ministerial positions are held by women.


USAID supports the Government of Jordan’s efforts to change social norms and behaviors that discriminate against women by expanding social dialogue on gender equality; strengthening enforcement and advocacy; and improving services for women and girls.


Who can participate in the competition?

This competition is open to all residents of Jordan aged 16 to 40. Only individuals can participate. Not groups, organizations, or association. Employees of USAID and their immediate families or anyone else directly associated with this competition are not eligible to enter in the competition.


Is there a participation fee?

No. Participation in the competition is free.


When does the competition begin and end?

Your original photos or work of art can be submitted beginning 9:00 am (Jordan time) on 10 December, 2014 (International Human Rights Day). The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm (Jordan time) on 24 December, 2014. Any entries received after the deadline will be deemed invalid.


How should the photos and art be submitted?
The photo/art should be emailed to the organizers at usaidjordandocs@gmail.com.The submitted photo/art should bear the following information:

a)    Full name of the artist/photographer

b)    Age of the artist /photographer (a copy of the photographer/artist’s residency ID also needs to be emailed together with the photograph/art)

c)    Short narrative/caption about the idea behind the photo/art (not more than 3-6 lines)

d)    Affiliation to any organization, if any

e)    Full address of the artist/photographer, including contact phone number and email address


How many photos/art can a person submit?

Each entrant can submit only one original photo OR one work of art. Not both.


What is the prize for the competition winners?

·           Ipads for the top two winners, one under each category – photo and art.

·           Attractive gift certificates for the top winner under each of the category – photo and art.

·           Lunch with USAID/Jordan Mission Director.

·           Educational and outreach trip to USAID site in Jordan. 


How will your photos or work of art be judged?

·         From the total entries submitted, an impartial team will shortlist 10 entries for each of the two categories – photos and works of art -- which will then be narrowed down to one top entry for each category based on their relevance to the theme, visual appeal, originality, artistic composition, creativity, and narrative.

·         From January 1 – 8, the 10 shortlisted entries for the two categories will be displayed on USAID/Jordan’s Facebook page and opened for public online voting.

·         On January 11, an independent panel of judges, comprised of members of USAID and external photo and art experts, will individually score each of the 10 shortlisted entries for the two categories.

·         On January 12, the winning pieces of photo and art – one each -- will be determined from the scores of the online voting (number of ‘likes’ for the images) and the combined scores of the judges, with 40% weight from Facebook scores and 60% from the judges. In the event of a tie, the decision of the judges will be regarded as final and irrevocable.

·         On January 13, USAID will announce the winner – one under each category – and share the two winning images online.


What are some terms and conditions to keep in mind?

1.      Entries submitted must be entirely the entrant's own work. By participating in this competition the entrant warrants that he/she is the exclusive owner of the entry, including any copyright in the entry.  Any plagiarism discovered at any stage of the competition will immediately render the entry invalid.

2.    The photo/ art needs to be specifically created for this contest, meaning that any prior commissioned work will be deemed invalid. Photos or works of art that have been   reproduced in publications, or have won prizes in other competitions, or have previously been publicly exhibited are not eligible.

3.    Copyright of all photos/art submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, by entering this competition the artists/photographer grants USAID, irrevocable, perpetual license to feature their submitted images in any USAID publication, website or social media; and also in any promotional material connected to this competition. The artist will be credited during such use.

4.    The organizers will not give away the rights to an entrant's art/photo externally without seeking his or her prior consent. 


Last updated: March 26, 2015

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