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Information and Research Center

TheInformation and Research Center(IRCKHF) works to improve the well-being of children, youth and families by providing objective analysis and evidence-based information to enable effective socio-economic planning and decision-making. The IRCKHF conducts research and makes recommendations to practitioners and policy makers inJordanand theMiddle East.

IRCKHF has made significant contributions by bringing public attention to a number of issues related to social development in Jordan and the region, particularly concerning children's rights, early childhood development and education, poverty, and gender-based violence. In 1997, IRCKHF produced the first study on child labor inJordanto raise awareness of this issue at the policy level, and to promote a national action plan to combat the problem.
IRCKHF works with a global network of partners, includingUNESCO,Child Watch InternationalandDartington Social Research Unit, to use innovative information-sharing approaches to provide better access to knowledge on development.

Launched in 1996 as part of the National Task Force for Children, IRCKHF became a separate entity in 2001. IRCKHF has received support and guidance through theChapin Hall Center for Childrenat theUniversityofChicagofor 10 consecutive years.

Research Fields


Women's and Children's Rights and Protection


Knowledge Exchange


Family Education in Poverty Pockets

In coordination with theNoor Al Hussein Foundation'sLocal Development Program for Less Privileged Areas, IRCKHF is deploying its Early Childhood Development (EDC) tools in underprivileged, rural areas throughoutJordan. The project targets children (0-8 years old), and trains parents to help develop their children's auto-sensory skills, numeracy, and linguistic skills through homemade toy kits.

Creation of a Healthy, Safe and Productive Life Based on Human Principles

Based on the IRCKHF's research and experience in addressing poverty, this project was launched in 2007 to help reduce child labor inJordan. Funded by theEuropean Union, the project provides five targeted communities with training and awareness of the rights and developmental needs of children, with an emphasis on combating child labor.IRCKHF has provided training to CBOs on the needs of child laborers and the appropriate interventions needed to address the child labor problem.


Women's and Children's Rights and Protection

Homicide Against Women inJordanBetween 2000 and 2003

This study was commissioned by theUNIFEMregional office to obtain an in-depth understanding of homicide against women inJordan. The study aims to assist governmental and non-governmental organizations to reduce rates of gender-based violence through informed policies and practices. The findings were released in November 2007.

Knowledge and New Technologies Among Youth inJordan

IRCKHF was commissioned by theOpen Society Instituteto conduct research on the youth inJordan, aged 15 to 24, to examine their media diet and its impact on political participation. The findings were published on theSocial Science Research Networkin early 2008.


Restructuring the Cultural Program of the GreaterAmmanMunicipality

IRCKHF has concluded a full-scale study of the cultural services provided by theGreater Amman Municipalityand proposed a strategy for the years 2007 to 2012 to improve cultural services inAmman. A conference on cultural management inAmmanis planned to further develop cultural programs inJordan, and facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience among international municipalities.

Art and Cultural Spaces in the Arab World

Commissioned by theYoung Theatre Arab Fundand theFord Foundation, this project assesses the structure, management and sustainability of cultural spaces in the region. The IRCKHF carried out research inJordan,Syria,Lebanon,Palestine,Morocco,Egypt,AlgeriaandTunisia.

Children's Readership

TheAnna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundationcommissioned this survey to examine book distribution and access to literature for four to 12-year olds inEgypt,Jordan,Lebanon,PalestineandSyria. The study is also examining the ways in which the media targets and reaches children.

Knowledge Exchange

Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge in the Sultanate ofOman

This assessment was funded by theInternational Union for Conservation of NatureandOman'sMinistry of Regional Municipalities and Environmentto identify the status of traditional knowledge on biodiversity inOman. The research aimed at reviewing the various methodologies and documentation of traditional knowledge in the Sultanate.

Contact Information

PO Box 941954
Amman 11194 Jordan
Tel: + 962 6 5606010 or 5606011
Fax: + 962 6 5606686


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