Jordan’s leadership has outlined a comprehensive government reform agenda to strengthen democratic accountability and acknowledged it as critical to the country’s long-term stability and future prosperity.
USAID assistance supports ongoing constitutional and electoral reform, including training for the Independent Election Commission to ensure free and transparent election processes. We support programs that assist the executive and legislative branches in reviewing laws, regulations, and procedures governing the work of elections, election authorities, and campaigns along international standards and best practices. Our Mission supports Jordanian-led reforms to broaden and strengthen political participation and accountability, to foster more pluralistic, fair, responsive, and representative political leadership, and greater competition.
Programs encourage and assist the opening of political space for young leaders, women, and democratic political parties to participate. Assistance programs work with parties to refine their messages and to build stronger, more inclusive leadership structures, enhance communication mechanisms and develop recruitment capacities. Programs emphasize accountability and responsiveness of elected officials and may include strengthening of Parliamentary blocs and coalitions around issues of public interest. We help political parties to promote local branch office development and the establishment of functioning youth and women’s committees to engage in electoral processes and political dialogue.
USAID also supports Jordanian efforts to make local governance more participatory, accountable and effective through the provision of technical training and skill building. A new project will encourage greater engagement of communities in underserved areas and those hosting refugees or undergoing other stressful demographic and economic changes.
Examples of USAID-supported impacts on governance and political processes include:
- Supported the establishment of the Independent Electoral Commission; engaged more than 3,000 officials, activists and youth in conferences to discuss election reform and standards; worked with a national coalition of more than 200 civil society organizations campaigning for improved election procedures.
- Trained more than 5,500 domestic election observers for Jordan’s 2013 parliamentary elections.
- Empowered civil society monitors to produce reports giving accurate, critical and independent reviews of Jordan’s election and political processes.
- Trained female political candidates and campaign managers on campaign management, volunteer recruitment, communications and platform development; provided continued support to elected women members of Parliament.
- Helped usher in Jordan’s first women’s caucus in Parliament.
- Provided political parties and candidates with data from national and municipal polls to form more coherent and focused campaign platforms.
Last updated: January 26, 2015