Economic Security and ICT Programme (2002-2008)

Main beneficiaries

  • Village residents
  • Women in rural areas
  • Women entrepreneurs
  • Village students, teachers and parents
  • Village’s community centers
  • ICT sector in Jordan
  • General public
  • Main objective

    Aimed to establish a vibrant and economically independent rural community where information and communications technology is deployed to achieve a better quality of life for all its citizens, particularly women and girls.

    Project brief

    Members of the Q team were in charge of the Economic Security and ICT Program of the UNIFEM – Arab States Regional Office for five years. The team managed and directly implemented a number of projects and initiatives that covered a wide spectrum of beneficiaries. The main projects of this program were:

    Cisco Gender Academy Program (2002-2008): ‘Achieving e-Quality in the ICT Sector – Phase I, II & III’:

  • Expanded the project to include practical training on 6 modules internationally recognized by CISCO. These are: JAVA, Security, Wireless, CCNP, CCNA, and IT Essentials.
  • Expanded the project into the following 3 countries: Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco. The program graduated over 15,000 female and male students by the end of 2008. In addition to obtaining training on employability and soft skills, students also participated in an annual job fair and a technology parade (both events developed as part of the project’s aim to link students to the job market).
  • The e-Village Initiative (2002-2008):

    The following projects were developed and implemented through Q team members in the villages of Lib and Mleih (located within the Governorate of Madaba):

  • A Microsoft IT training Academy.
  • A CISCO Networking training Academy.
  • An Intel Clubhouse for underprivileged children.
  • A Lego Robotics for children and adolescents and an annually held e-Village Robotics competition.
  • A Film Club for the production of local short films by youth from both villages of Lib Mleih.
  • A Community Radio Station “Village F.M.”
  • An environmentally friendly packaging and labeling unit.
  • A mosaics workshop for the production of non-conventional products.
  • A chemical-free farming project and healthy cooking unit.