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King Hussein Foundation

Executive Director: Hana Shahin
Establishment: 1999
Type: Multi-purpose Fundraising Foundation
Focus Region: International/ Jordan
Sectors: Education, Socio-economic Development


The King Hussein Foundation (KHF) was established by Royal Decree to continue his humanitarian vision and legacy. The same year, the King Hussein Foundation International, a non-profit non-governmental organization, was founded to ensure that the international community would also benefit from this vision and legacy. In Jordan, the Foundation's Board of Trustees formed an affiliation between the Noor Al Hussein Foundation (NHF) and KHF to expand and strengthen the community development models pioneered by NHF in the Kingdom since 1985.King Hussein was dedicated to applying the principles of democracy, justice and peace within Jordan and among nations. He believed in the power of education to shape the future and in the potential in each individual to effect change in our communities.


To build upon King Hussein's lifelong dedication to human security, social equity and peace in Jordan, the Middle East and beyond through programs and institutions which promote education and leadership, sustainable development, women and girls empowerment, participatory decision making and cross-cultural understanding.


  • Providing access to innovative education and capacity building.
  • Empowering disadvantaged individuals.
  • Enhancing sustainable community development.
  • Promoting cross-cultural understanding.
  • Tolerance and human rights in cooperation with regional and global institutions.
  • Conducting research and making policy recommendations.


  • The Jubilee Institute: the institute contributes to the development of future leaders committed to serving their country and capable of addressing national and global challenges. It advances standards through the development of innovative curricula and quality training programs.
  • Information and Research Center (IRCKHF): The IRCKHF serves as a catalyst for socio-economic transformation through research, information and dissemination of knowledge. The IRCKHF promotes the welfare of children, youth, women, families, communities, and vulnerable groups by providing objective, multidisciplinary research and analysis to practitioners and policymakers in Jordan and the Middle East, enabling effective socio-economic planning and decision-making. The IRCKHF advocates for positive change by disseminating research findings on critical issues falling under the pillars of social cohesion, equality and justice, and civil society empowerment. The IRCKHF provides access to information using quality research, education and awareness, and advocacy.
  • National Center for Culture and Performing Arts: TheNational Center for Culture and Arts (NCCA) is an internationally recognized institution that promotes social development, human rights, and cross-cultural understanding through the performing arts. Highly interactive and intensely creative, NCCA works in the community to develop talents in the performing arts and to explore issues related to a better quality of life.
  • National Music Conservatory: The National Music Conservatory (NMC), established by the Noor Al Hussein Foundation in 1986, is Jordan's premier institution for the development of talented local musicians and the promotion of music appreciation in Jordan. NMC has trained thousands of students since its inception. It assists advanced students to pursue their music specialization abroad, and it campaigns in Jordan to integrate music as a fundamental component of education.
  • King Hussein Leadership Prize: is an international award presented to those individuals, institutions and groups who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in promoting sustainable development, human rights, equity, and peace.
  • Media and Humanity Program: the program supports and expands access to film and media projects that highlight shared values, rights and aspirations across social, economic, political and cultural divides with special emphasis on the Middle East and Muslim world.

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