AMMAN, JORDAN (June 27, 2018)- Under the patronage of her excellency Hala Bseiso Lattouf, Minister, Ministry of Social Development, HelpAge International and the First Generation Group celebrated the opening of the Knowledge and Resources Hub in Jordan during the ceremony held at Diwan Al-Saud– Al-Webdieh. Broad participation of civil society organizations, government and private sectors was noticed

HelpAge International undertook its first project in Jordan entitled "Leaving No One Behind" and opened its Knowledge & Resource Hub in October 2017 in Amman. The purpose of this project is to target older men and women in Jordan (Syrian refugees and host communities) to ensure that they have better access to basic services and livelihood opportunities provided by local, national and international organisations, private sector and the government. Overall, this project through multiple activities aims to train 200 staff from 25 local, national and international organizations and private sector on age inclusive programing models.

It is worth mentioning, that the Knowledge & Resource Hub is conducting a series of field research studies on older people which aim to clearly identify the vulnerabilities, capacities, needs, and gaps in assistance to a comprehensive array of stakeholders including host communities, international and national NGOs, Government, and Private Sector. This profile of older people stands to inform and impact the Jordan Response Plan and the Jordan Compact Plan as well as general humanitarian intervention in Jordan in response to Syrian crises. 

In the next few months, the Knowledge & Resource Hub is working to provide at least five mini-grants to local, national and international organizations and private sector to encourage the inclusion of older people by piloting or mainstreaming age inclusive livelihood activities.  They will receive tailored technical support on the inclusion of older men in their humanitarian interventions.

Furthermore, the Knowledge & Resource Hub has opened its doors to older people and a group of older people have formulated named “The First Generation Group” and meet weekly at the hub and are provided with awareness sessions and various activities that are coordinated and supervised by the HelpAge Knowledge & Resource Hub in cooperation with various governmental and non-governmental organizations in order to raise awareness and enhance their participation and social role in Jordan.

The creation of this platform was possible through the support of German Humanitarian Assistance, Aktion Deutschland Hilft.