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May 20, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Jim Barnhart was sworn in today as U. S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Mission Director for Jordan. USAID’s Acting Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt administered the oath of office.

“Jim’s leadership and experience managing USAID programs around the world make him well- suited to lead one of our most important missions,” said Paige Alexander, USAID Assistant Administrator for the Middle East. “His extensive experience in the Middle East is key as we continue our long-standing commitment to the Jordanian people.”

  Dr. Barnhart most recently served as USAID’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Food Security. Previously, Dr. Barnhart served as USAID Mission Director in Albania and Lebanon. He has been an integral part of USAID’s relief and economic growth efforts in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe for 15 years. Throughout his career, Dr. Barhart has directed programs in development and economic growth.

May 13, 2015

The Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) hosted the inaugural meeting of the USAID-supported Jordan International Conferences Ambassador Program today. Through a series of trainings, the program assists Jordanians to gain international recognition in sectors such as medicine, academia, and business in order to promote Jordan as a viable destination for meetings and conferences.

April 29, 2015

An estimated 300 people involved with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) projects in northern Jordan met today at Qasr Al Nakheel Hall to discuss ways to expand services and reach more people.

April 26, 2015

The city of Tafileh, with the support of USAID, today opened its first vocational training institute (VTI) for hospitality and tourism. The institute will prepare Tafileh’s youth with the career skills to meet the anticipated industry growth and development. According to the Jordanian Tourism Strategy, 25,000 trained employees will be required to accommodate the industry’s growth nationwide over the next four years.

April 16, 2015

USAID awarded a total of $880,000 to 28 charitable and cooperative organizations at a granting ceremony in Irbid today. The funds will allow the installation of 44 rainwater-harvesting cisterns and other community-based water projects in northern Jordan.

April 9, 2015

A group of Jordanian professionals living abroad, including Silicon Valley executives, gathered for the first time yesterday as part of the Jordanian Diaspora Network. This is an effort to support entrepreneurship and market access for their compatriots in Jordan. The Network is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).


Last updated: June 17, 2015

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