This week’s profiled resource is titled “Community Facilitators in the Pursuit of Justice: Lessons from Jordan on Recruitment, Training, & Data” and comes to us from Namati Kenya and its partners: Open Society Foundations, Justice Center for Legal Aid, TAMKEEN: fields for aid , Arab Renaissance for Democracy & Development. This guide follows the use of community facilitators (CFs) in the Community Empowerment Project, initiated by the Open Society Foundations in Jordan, which builds on and complements existing refugee response efforts through legal empowerment and community-based justice services.
The Community Empowerment project supports both Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan to understand and use legal and administrative systems to find concrete solutions to justice problems. In the pilot phase of the project, three Jordanian organizations coordinated to incorporate a community facilitator approach into their existing legal aid programs. Community facilitators (CFs) are frontline justice workers recruited from within the communities where they work and supported by a team of project staff and lawyers. Community facilitators use basic knowledge of the law and administrative procedures and a range of skills to take on many roles that help beneficiaries gain access to justice, including conducting community outreach, providing information, accompanying beneficiaries to certain government offices, referring cases to lawyers and other service providers, and collecting information on beneficiaries and their grievances to support evidence-based advocacy efforts. CFs can address justice issues in various thematic areas. In the pilot phase of the project, three Jordanian organizations coordinated to incorporate a community facilitator approach into their existing legal aid programs. The guide offers reflections on the recruitment, training, and data collection methods that these partner organizations used during the pilot phase of the community facilitator project.
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