The United States and Jordan have been partners in Jordan’s development for nearly 60 years. The United States is committed to helping Jordan meet the country’s broad-reaching development goals, including economic prosperity for all citizens. USAID’s assistance focuses on democracy and governance, economic growth, education, family planning and health, water, energy, and the environment. In addition, USAID programs focus on the cross-cutting areas of youth, poverty, and gender.
DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE
USAID supports the Government of Jordan’s political reform efforts by promoting representative political parties, free and fair elections and civic participation in political processes. In addition, USAID programs increase judicial independence and accountability, improve governance and promote human rights. USAID’s successes include important technical support for Parliament’s development of an Independent Electoral Commission and for judicial training and technical upgrades.
USAID fosters economic growth and ensures that its benefits reach Jordanians through workforce development, job creation and regulatory and fiscal policy reforms. USAID provided technical assistance to improve tax administration and make the process more efficient through results-based budgeting and a more effective financial management information system. Additionally, USAID technical assistance has helped the Government of Jordan to join the World Trade Organization and to establish the Aqaba Special Economic Zone. USAID programs have also created a successful microfinance industry and tens of thousands of jobs to help close the unemployment gap.
USAID promotes competitiveness in the sectors of Jordan’s economy that are best positioned to grow. This includes improving the business environment, developing the workforce, and growing businesses, especially in the tourism, information and communication technology, and medical fields. In response to the economic downturn in the region, USAID worked with the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation to implement a $250 million loan guarantee program for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). USAID’s role in this endeavor is to manage the program and fund complementary technical assistance to private banks and benefiting SMEs. To sustain economic growth, USAID promotes energy efficiency through capacity building and resource conservation.
INVESTING IN PEOPLE: WATER
Demand within Jordan for water exceeds the country’s available renewable freshwater resources. USAID supports improved management of water resources through community empowerment, institutional reform, demand management, improved pricing, integrated water resources management, and water and wastewater infrastructure. USAID investments in the water sector over the past decade increased the availability of drinking water and sanitation services for approximately one-third of the population.
INVESTING IN PEOPLE: SOCIAL SERVICES
USAID is investing in health, education, youth and poverty alleviation to help improve the well-being and productivity of the Jordanian population. Our health program focuses on improving family planning and maternal and child health services. Over the last three years, USAID has upgraded obstetrics and neonatal departments at 11 public hospitals, provided state-of-the-art medical equipment and furniture to 30 public hospitals, and supported home-based counseling.
USAID’s education programs strengthen the formal education system through the construction of 28 new schools and the rehabilitation of 100 existing schools, professional training of both teachers and school administrators, and the improvement of parent-community partnerships. As a result of our efforts, youth now graduate with an education that is better linked to the demands of the economy. Our youth-centered activities provide this rapidly growing segment of the population with life-skills training and facilitate work opportunities for disadvantaged youth. Additionally, poverty alleviation activities provide employment opportunities to Jordan’s poor.
Our assistance also includes annual economic support that helps Jordan pay down its external, non-military debt to the United States and eligible multilateral institutions. In exchange, the Government of Jordan matches this amount (in local currency) for jointly identified development priorities. Additionally, the economic support is linked to specific reforms the Government of Jordan must make to advance change across development sectors.
Last updated: May 23, 2013