Civil society and media are vital to advancing effective and inclusive civic engagement and participation in Jordan.

Yet, they face profound challenges, including shrinking civic space, mistrust among their constituents and complex new threats to their long-term sustainability. While civil society and media organizations in Jordan are numerous and vibrant, they face challenges in addressing these threats and engaging constructively with the Government of Jordan.

The Strengthening Civil Society & Media Systems Activity (Sawt, Arabic for “voice”) – funded by USAID and implemented by Internews and partners – was launched in this context to ensure sustained civic engagement in Jordan through civil society and digital media innovation.