Japan highlights Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects

Amman, The Embassy of Japan in Jordan held a conference to introduce Japanese Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects, know as GGP, on Wednesday,

Several representatives of municipalities, international NGOs, local NGOs and charitable hospitals attended the conference.

The conference was held for the 1st time in Jordan for the purpose of better understandings of GGP scheme by municipalities and NGOs as the Embassy recognized it hasn’t reached widely enough to the organizations committed but struggling to serve for communities.

Ahmad Allouzi, Chairman of Friendship Association of the Blind, and Bassam Daniel Anis, Executive Director of the Jordanian Association for Family Planning and Protection, which have completed 3 and 4 projects through GGP respectively, were also invited to share their experience with Japanese grant and tips for sustainable projects.

GGP was established aiming to achieve a world where no one is left behind and all people can live with peace of mind by “promptly” holding out a hand to “every single person” in “every corner.”

This year marks the 31st anniversary of GGP. It was initiated in 32 countries at first and now expanded to 142 countries and regions. Although it’s a small scale grant, it is Japan’s unique assistance program to meet the diverse needs of local communities by directly supporting the development activities run by NGOs and local governments, rather than by central governments.

In the opening speech by Mr. Katsuhiko Araike, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Japan in Jordan, he emphasized the importance of the project and stated: “I sincerely hope that many of you will apply for GGP so that Japanese assistance will spread widely and deeply to the people truly in needs in Jordanian communities.”

This year GGP marks 26th anniversary in Jordan. Through GGP, Japan has extended more than 10 million US dollars for 147 projects to NGOs, schools, hospitals, and local governments in Jordan since 1993.

Source: Jordan News Agency