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Her Royal Highness Princess Basma Bint Talal

Chairperson of the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD)

"Jordan remains a pillar of stability in one of the world′s most volatile regions, while it continues to make commendable achievements in its development process. As an advocate and believer in human-centred, sustainable development, I am firmly committed to trying to promote the role of women, young people, and local communities- all of whom have an essential role to play in shaping our world and our future."

H.R.H. Princess Basma Bint Talal

Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is the governing body that oversees JOHUD's management. They meet regularly to review our budget, strategies, policies and receive reports and updates on financial and operational performance. The Board of Trustees is instrumental in managing JOHUD’s resources and assets in a manner that is transparent and accountable, while adhering to good governance practices.  

Members of Board of Trustees

  • H.R.H. Princess Basma Bint Talal


  • H.E Dr. Izzedin Kanakrieh

    Deputy Chairperson

  • H.E Ms. Wafaa Bani Mustafa

    Minister of Social Development

  • H.E Ms. Zeina Toukan

    Minister of Planning and International Cooperation

  • H.E Ms. Farah Daghistani

    Executive Director

  • H.E Mr. Maher Madadha

    Board Member

  • H.E Ms. Ebtisam Al Ayoubi

    Board Member

  • H.E Mr. Basil Marji

    Board Member

  • H.E Dr. Bassam Hannoun

    Board Member

  • H.E Mr. Raed Dawod

    Board Member

  • H.E Mr. Fadi Faza'a

    Board Member

JOHUD Family

Various teams run JOHUD’s day-to-day operations, in our central administrative offices in Amman and in our regional networks of CDCs and specialised centres in the north, south and middle regions of Jordan. We all come from different backgrounds and have different skills and experiences. What we have in common is a commitment to building a better future for the communities we serve.

Our Management Team

Headed by our Executive Director, we meet regularly to report on operation issues, and to insure better coordination, communication and productivity across JOHUD.

Regional Councils

Recent efforts to speed up decentralsiation and to develop greater autonomy at the local community level. Regional councils are established to plan and oversee our various centres, projects, programmes and networks.

Northern Council:

(Irbid, Mafraq, Jarash, Ajloun)

Central Council:

(Amman, Zarqa)

The Greenbelt Council:

(Karak, Madaba, Balqa)

Southern Council:

(Aqaba, Maan, Tafilah)

Letter from Executive Director

JOHUD's Executive Director Farah Daghistani

2021 has been a challenging year for us all. Economic difficulties and the continuing Covid-19 pandemic affecting everyone, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable. Although Covid-19 highlighted many global and regional shortcomings, divisions and inequalities, it has also confirmed that inclusion, representation, protection, and participation are now more vital than ever. While JOHUD has had to evolve in response to new conditions and unforeseen circumstances, we have also reaffirmed our commitment to the people-centred principles that have guided our work since our establishment.

The year 2022 marks JOHUD's 45th birthday, but our connection with local communities continues to be our strength and defining feature. Our national network of centres hosts the dynamic web of community and women's groups, volunteers, young people, activists, and partner organisations, which are unique to Johud. Very importantly, all our centres are locally managed. JOHUD's platform offers tremendous opportunities for community participation in every sense, primarily because it is rooted in local ownership and governance. Our 45 years + vision celebrates this strength, but we also recognise that we need to continue to make appropriate institutional changes to ensure that this unique platform reaches its full potential.

Last year’s intensive internal re-evaluation process led to cost cutting and smart sizing, for a more efficient institutional structure. Our goal of strengthening governance and decentralising authority outside of our core operations in Amman is reflected in numerous changes to our management systems. We continue to streamline core functions, for an administrative and financial environment that supports priority setting, planning, management, fundraising and communication at the level of communities themselves.

We recently consolidated all our central administrative work in one place, the Queen Zein Al-Sharaf Institute for Development (ZENID), in Hashemi al-Shamali. Those who know ZENID will understand why we feel that the energy of the location will generate momentum. ZENID has long been a knowledge-sharing and learning facility and many organisations and practitioners from within and outside Jordan have attended events and workshops here over the years. Sharing experience and learning is vital to improving outcomes for communities, organsiations and professionals in our field, so we will be investing in making ZENID a recognised development facility and resource for Jordan and the region.

In recent years, we have become increasingly involved in working with refugees and their host communities. This work has been a significant learning process for everyone at JOHUD, but it is a source of special pride because we have seen first-hand the power of people working together to overcome unimaginable difficulties and hardships. Without the support of UNHCR and other valued partners, this work would not be possible. As JOHUD enters its 45th year, we would like to pay tribute to those partner organisations who have such an important part of our journey.

We are grateful to all the friends that continue to support us, and we look forward to further cooperation in the years ahead, with renewed determination and commitment.

Farah Daghistani, Executive Director 

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