BADIR to Introduce 24 New Fellows to Its Program for 2017 Continuing its promotion of the youth-led change movement in the Kingdom
24 New Fellows

Amman, November  2017 – In its efforts to support young, ambitious social entrepreneurs in Jordan, BADIR, an initiative led by the International Youth Foundation (IYF), announced its 2017 Fellows today, in an Award Ceremony held under the patronage of HRH Princess Alia Tabbaa, at the Landmark Amman Hotel with young social entrepreneurs, BADIR partners, Friends of BADIR, existing Fellows, key opinion leaders, and media representatives among the attendees. Currently in its fourth phase, BADIR’s 2017 Fellowship is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through a grant from the USAID Civic Initiatives Support (CIS) Program implemented by FHI 360.


Applications for 2017 closed recently and a total of 250 applications were received from social entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 30 across the Kingdom. After careful reviews and evaluations, a diverse selection committee chose the top 24 finalists - 8 women and 16 men - to join the 2017 BADIR Fellowship. Selected Fellows then participated in a six-day training course, for which they received BADIR certificates during the Award Ceremony in acknowledgment of their hard work.


The 24 new Fellows are currently working diligently in preparation for their respective pitches, to take place on 6 and 7 November, 2017 in the presence of a committee composed of a number of expert judges from varied sectors, which will qualify the top 10 Fellows for additional funding from BADIR’s Social Innovation Fund. Meanwhile, USAID CIS and IYF are working closely with the 2017 Fellows and have begun equipping them with the knowledge, skills and abilities to strengthen and scale up their social innovation projects, with a strong focus on building inclusive societies and engaging marginalized communities. Moreover, BADIR staff will be monitoring the Fellows’ work through site visits and reports over the next six months.


First launched in 2011, BADIR’s program provides Fellows with not only the chance to connect with like-minded peers, but also to access resources, funding and tailored training and mentoring. Fellows also gain media exposure and networking opportunities that will help further advance their projects. Additionally, Fellows will have the chance to meet influential entities in Jordan through ‘Friends of BADIR’, a collection of local organizations that support the BADIR program and its Fellows. Through YouthActionNet - a program carried out by IYF - BADIR Fellows will benefit from being part of a vibrant and growing network that comprises of over 1,500 young social innovators from over 90 countries.


Hafez Neeno, IYF’s Regional, Middle East and Country Director, Jordan, said, “BADIR aims to play a pivotal role in further developing and expanding a nationwide, social innovation sector by elevating the capacity of youth-led and youth-serving organizations to foster and sustain social entrepreneurship activities. To do so effectively, it is vital to spotlight accomplished young social entrepreneurs like our current 89 Fellows, whose work spans diverse fields and interests. By harnessing the resources available through us at BADIR, we hope to empower all of our Fellows and help them accomplish their mission of bettering their local communities, particularly those marginalized, as they transform into true advocates for positive change.”


Hamza Arsbi, a 2013 BADIR Fellow, stated, “The BADIR Fellowship was one of the first programs to believe in my work and what I was trying to achieve. They provided all the support my small organization needed to grow and increase its impact. My organization, the Science League, reached over 4000 students in cities around Jordan thanks to the training, connections and platform that BADIR provided. This kind of support is what youth-led startups and social ventures need to feel that their hard work is appreciated, in order to push forward and create real change in their communities.”