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Essential Public Services

A student shows off his art project at a newly-constructed school by USAID
A student shows off his art project at a newly-constructed school by USAID

The future of Jordan depends upon the government’s ability to maintain and improve the average Jordanians’ standard of living. The Government of Jordan (GoJ) is strengthening its ability to deliver and enhance the quality of basic public services to people throughout the country.

For more than five decades, USAID has helped to build Jordan’s modern health, education, and water systems. Today, our Agency continues to build upon those investments by supporting Jordanian efforts to improve essential services in the areas of education, water management, health and family planning. 

The Government of Jordan (GOJ) recognizes that population issues are central to all of its development objectives. In addition to receiving influxes of refugees from regional turmoil, Jordan itself has one of the highest fertility rates in the region. If the GOJ’s targeted decreases in fertility can be achieved, the difference in population growth will ease the burden on Jordan’s limited resources and allow more equitable distribution of improved public services throughout the country; critical not only for people’s general welfare and prosperity, but also for social and political stability. 

For this reason, USAID’s promotion of strong health systems now also includes improving the quality of, and access to, family planning and reproductive health services. Outreach campaigns seek to increase the number of Jordanians requesting and using modern family planning and reproductive health services.

Jordan’s already constrained water resources alongside rapid population growth pose a potential threat to the health of the general population and national social stability if not managed and planned effectively. USAID investments in the water sector focus on: improving efficient management of water resources by utilities, communities, and consumers; aquifer conservation management; improving irrigation practices; and construction of critical water supply and water treatment infrastructure. 

Education is the foundation of economic growth.  USAID continues to support the GOJ’s national education reform strategy by assisting in teacher training and rehabilitating classrooms.  Programs targeted toward the country’s growing youth population improve life and job skills, strengthen professional development and engage youth in decision-making as a way of improving their own communities.

USAID also supports on-going efforts toward making Jordan’s government agencies and partners more transparent, accountable, and efficient. Development of these three objectives within the government’s daily work helps ensure public services are managed and distributed effectively.

Examples of USAID-supported impacts in essential public services include:

  • Improved fresh water and sanitation services for more than a third of Jordan’s population, including the building of a desalination plant that provides nearly a third of Amman’s water supply.
  • Reduced water loss and maximized the impact of the Disi water aquifer that forms the backbone of the water supply to Amman and northern Jordan each year.
  • Decreased maternal, infant, and under-five child mortality rates; 70 percent of all deliveries now take place in public hospitals largely renovated by USAID.
  • Introduced family planning services in public hospitals, renovated public family planning clinics, and reached 1.3 million women with health counseling in their homes.
  • Renovated and modernized 300 public health clinics and 25 hospitals and trained staff in best practices. 

Last updated: June 30, 2015

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