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SUNY Center for International Development Wins $7.2M USAID Contract to Help Jordanian Parliament Expand Democratic Principles


June 24, 2005

ALBANY - Chancellor John R. Ryan today announced The State University of New York Center for International Development (SUNY/CID) was awarded a $7.2 million contract from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to help the Jordanian parliament fulfill its important role as a key democratic institution by expanding its legislative capacity and becoming more accessible to citizens.

"For SUNY to continue to grow as a great state university, it must engage the world beyond New York's borders," Ryan said. "As the world flattens, we must continue to create expanded global opportunities for SUNY students and faculty and work in partnership with other great universities around the globe. This latest award is another example of SUNY fulfilling its public service mission."

SUNY/CID staff, based in Amman, Jordan, are working with key constituent groups to strengthen the effectiveness, transparency, accountability, and responsiveness of the legislative process in Jordan by helping members of parliament increase their knowledge and understanding of their representative, legislative and oversight responsibilities. The two-year project also aims to increase public outreach by the Jordanian parliament.

The State University of New York is at the forefront of international programs and this project adds to its Middle East/Muslim world portfolio. SUNY/CID is on a list of just five organizations nationwide that are able to compete for $100 million in USAID projects to improve the capacity and performance of foreign legislatures. To date, SUNY/CID has won every project awarded under the USAID Deliberative Bodies Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) announced in May 2004.

"CID has earned a worldwide reputation working in partnership with government institutions and universities around the world," said James Ketterer, director of SUNY/CID. The Center is also working on major projects in Afghanistan, Bolivia, Guatemala, Iraq, Kenya, Morocco, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

SUNY/CID governance project activities are designed to develop more effective and successful governmental and non-governmental interaction in target countries. The Center assists parliaments, legislatures, local governments and courts, as well as citizen groups.

SUNY/CID is a university-wide institution that designs and implements international technical assistance projects, conducts policy-oriented research, and contributes to both the theory and practice of international development. Through its in-country development projects, conferences, publications, research, and outreach activities, the Center works to enhance the capacity of developing nations to meet critical challenges. Located in Albany, New York state's capital city, the Center draws upon the State University's vast intellectual and technical resources and serves as a key component of the University's overall commitment to excellence in international education, cross-cultural exchange, and sustainable development.

The Center's approach is international and interdisciplinary, working as part of a global community of scholars, technical experts, government officials, and community leaders. Since 1986, the Center has implemented more than $130 million in international development projects on five continents in the areas of democratization, economic development, and environmental policy. The Center is among the world's most active university centers in international development, with implementation and research activities funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Information Agency, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the Andrew W. Mellon, Tinker, Ford, and Soros Foundations.

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States educating more than 413,000 students in 6,688 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses.

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