Date: 24-28
Location: Amman

In line with the continuous effort to promote the Global Knowledge Index (GKI) as an advocacy tool and to widely disseminate and embed it in policy debates, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF), through Knowledge Project, and in partnership with the Ministry of Youth in Jordan and Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, are launching a GKI Workshop in Jordan. We are calling the youth in Jordan to weigh the results of their country in the Global Knowledge Index, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and come up with policy recommendations on how to enhance their living conditions. The project encourages using the knowledge products, namely the Global Knowledge Index, as advocacy tools, aiming to widely disseminate and embed in policy debates.

The Knowledge Week is an initiative launched in 2018 by the Knowledge Project. The Knowledge Week aims to disseminate the findings of the Global Knowledge Index by creating dialogue platforms joining youth, academics, experts and policymakers in the Arab States region. This year, Knowledge Weeks are set to be held in several Arab States, including Jordan, Egypt, the UAE, Morocco and Lebanon.

The aim of the Knowledge Week in Jordan is to promote knowledge societies and policies as transformational means towards achieving sustainable development. The project contributes to driving active conversation and raising awareness on the importance of knowledge and knowledge-based policies for sustainable development.

Structure and topics

* 24 March: Gathering with academics and students at The Hashemite University under the patronage of Prof. Kamal El-Din Bani Hani (university’s president) to present results of Jordan in the Global Knowledge Index 2018;

* 25 March: Gathering with academics and students at The University of Jordan under the patronage of Prof. Abd Al-Kareem Al-Qudah (university’s president) to present the results of Jordan in the Global Knowledge Index 2018;

* 26-27 March: Workshop at Abdul Hammed Shoman Foundation which will extend from 10:30am till 7pm for the first day and 9:30am till 6pm for the second day. It will join around 60 youth from different universities to come up with policy recommendations based on the performance of Jordan in the Global Knowledge Index 2018. The workshop will include knowtalks (like TEDx talks);

* 28 March: The event will start at 10am and end at 1:30pm and will be held at Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation under the patronage and in the presence of PM Omar Razzaz to present the best recommendations generated from the youth workshop in the presence of policymakers, academics, experts and youth. The event will include 1) addresses from Shoman Foundation, minister of youth and culture, UNDP (by Khaled Abdelshafi), Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (our partner) and the PM 2) a knowtalk with the Minister of State for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson; 3) an open discussion and 4) a wrap-up and announcement of the winners.

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