WE talk: Innovation
2 September 2018

The third instalment of the WE talk series, organised in partnership with BORDA and GIZ, was held at the Zajal café in downtown Amman under the patronage of the Embassy of Germany in Jordan to celebrate 60 years of cooperation. This time, the focus was on behavioural change and the power that each community has to improve its situation. We brought together community and religious leaders to share their views and experiences on water issues, with speakers addressing the importance of fair governance and how to best engage with people to bring about meaningful changes that benefit all. As always, the event included a panel discussion with the audience, followed by a light dinner and mingling.
Germany remains committed to addressing issues that will shape the future and support Jordan in implementing the 2030 Agenda.

Behaviour change through religion

Dr. Hassan Abu Arqoub - General Ifta' Department in Jordan

In this segment, Dr. Hassan Abu Arqoub, Mufti of the General Ifta' Department in Jordan, talks about behavioural change through religion, sharing his views on how behavioural change starts with oneself and giving examples of how changing our own habits in meaningful ways can have a positive and constructive impact on others.

Behaviour change through religion

Father Rifaat Bader - Catholic Centre for Studies and Media

In this segment, Father Rifaat Bader from the Catholic Centre for Studies and Media talks about his experience of working together with Muslim clergy and other Christian sects to develop a manual on the importance of water in religion. Their research was used to teach children across Jordan about the value of water and different ways of being more respectful with its usage.

Examples of successful models for behaviour change

Elham Abbadi - Bayoudah Village Cooperative

In this segment, Elham Abbadi shares her experiences (and challenges) at the Bayoudah Village Cooperative in northern Jordan, with a focus on reviving the tradition of rainwater harvesting and how water management in Jordan could be improved. She is an advocate for rethinking agricultural behaviours and improving vegetation cover in Jordan to enhance biodiversity.

The importance of saving water

Hassan Sabaileh and Rania Ismail - Performing as Zahl and Khadra

In this segment, Hassan Sabaileh and Rania Ismail perform a sketch that was developed with GIZ and the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in Jordan. In their roles of Zahl and Khadra, they illustrate a consequence of wasteful water usage in a funny and engaging way. The sketch includes a special appearance by their son Saif Sabaileh, who gets himself into a spot of trouble after indulging in an excessive bath.

In the third instalment of the WE talk series we brought together religious and community leaders to talk about behavioural change and how to best address fair governance and engage with individuals to bring about meaningful change.

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