Inclusive, dynamic communities living sustainably, with social justice, opportunity and dignity.
His Late Majesty King Hussein bin Talal’s inauguration of the NGO in 1977
The Early Years
JOHUD, originally called the "Queen Alia Fund for Social Welfare Fund (QAF)", was established in 1977, when His Late Majesty King Hussein Bin Talal issued a Royal Decree for the creation of a Fund to improve the lives of the poorest Jordanians. H.M. King Hussein entrusted leadership of QAF to his only sister, H.R.H, Princess Basma Bint Talal, who remains Chairperson to this day. In 1985, under Law No.37, the Fund became a recognised non-profit independent legal entity. 45 years later, JOHUD is known as a pioneer in sustainable human development at the national, regional and international levels.
From its establishment, and throughout the 1990's, QAF established a pioneering network of Community Development Centres (CDCs) across the country, with the involvement of large numbers of local community partners and leaders, particularly women. JOHUD’s groundbreaking approach to community involvement, social activism and women’s participation puts it at the forefront of people-centred development in Jordan and the Arab region.
In the year 2000, following H.M. King Hussein’s death, our work has been consolidated under the umbrella of the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD).
By this time, the organisation has evolved and grown to include a number of newer initiatives and institutional entities. Our organisation, now generally referred to as JOHUD, (which means ‘work’ or ‘effort’ in Arabic) consists of a broader institutional family, involving communities, professionals, centres of specialisations and national initiatives throughout Jordan.
Visit H.M King Abdullah bin Al Hussein and H.M Queen Rania in 2000
HRH Princess Basma bint Talal and members of the Johud family in 2021