The United States and Jordan have partnered in development for nearly 60 years. Today, focus areas under USAID’s new development strategy include economic development and energy, democracy and governance, family planning and health, education, water, and gender equality and female empowerment. USAID also supports Jordan’s efforts to address the growing challenges caused by the ongoing influx of Syrian refugees.
DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE
USAID focuses on increasing judicial independence and accountability, expanding civic participation, improving governance and transparency, and addressing issues creating tensions within communities. Programs also support democratic reform by promoting independent media, human rights, representative political parties, and free and fair elections. Successes include grants to community organizations to address local priorities and stresses arising from the influx of Syrian refugees. New USAID programs are promoting community cohesion and tolerance through dialogue.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ENERGY
USAID’s programs spur economic growth by promoting workforce development, job creation, and by supporting regulatory and fiscal policy reforms. At the macroeconomic level, USAID helped establish the Aqaba Special Economic Zone and currently provides the Government of Jordan (GOJ) with technical assistance to improve tax administration, results-based budgeting, and a more effective financial management information system. USAID helped create a microfinance industry that has disbursed more than $302 million in loans. USAID is helping the GOJ promote private sector competitiveness in key economic growth sectors, such as tourism, biotechnology, and information and communication technology. USAID programs also support the establishment and growth of small and medium-sized enterprises.
USAID complements its activities with an annual budget support cash transfer. To receive these funds, the GOJ meets key policy benchmarks that advance mutual development priorities in areas such as public financial management, efficient use of natural resources and private sector competitiveness.
USAID works with the GOJ to increase energy efficiency and promote renewable energy resources and save the GOJ money. USAID also provides technical assistance to GOJ ministries and experts in the energy sector to create and manage policy reforms.
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
USAID’s health program improves family planning, maternal and child health services in cooperation with the GOJ. During the past decade, USAID has renovated and provided state-of-the-art medical equipment and furniture to 25 public hospital departments, including obstetrics, neonatal and emergency rooms, as well as 11 private-sector family planning clinics. Additionally, 10,000 people were trained in 2013 to improve access to and quality of health services.
EDUCATION AND YOUTH
USAID programs support the GOJ in education reform by building the capacity of teachers and administrators and by enabling school construction and rehabilitation. In addition, USAID is supporting efforts to increase parent and community involvement. Youth activities provide life skills training and work opportunities for disadvantaged youth.
WATER RESROUCES AND ENVIRONMENT
Jordan is one of the driest countries on earth. Demand for water exceeds Jordan’s renewable freshwater sources. The continuing influx of Syrian refugees has placed additional demands on Jordan’s already stressed resources. To address increased needs, USAID is improving water resource management through community empowerment, institutional reform, demand management, improved pricing, integrated water resources management, and water and wastewater infrastructure. Efforts include small loans and grants for water catchment and storage, and support to local water companies for infrastructure repair and maintenance.
GENDER EQUALITY AND FEMALE EMPOWERMENT
Enhancing gender equality and female empowerment is a priority for USAID. In all activities, USAID targets women and girls as beneficiaries and focuses activities to include and empower women, promoting changes in discriminatory norms and practices, enhancing advocacy and policy reforms for gender-based issues, and increasing access to female-centered services.
Last updated: June 16, 2014
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