USAID and the Government of Jordan enjoy a 60-year development partnership. Today, one of USAID’s key priorities is supporting the government and the people of Jordan as they cope with the influx of refugees from the Syrian crisis. As a consequence of the growing number of refugees, Jordan is experiencing increasing housing costs, straining water resources and intensifying competition for employment. To address these issues, USAID is expanding existing programs and adding new ones to ease some of these tensions, particularly in northern host communities where the majority of refugees have taken up residence.
- Since 2011, USAID has built five new schools in northern Jordan that serve over 4,500 students
- USAID is expanding 67 existing schools that will serve 45,000 students
- USAID facilitates dialogue between community members, parents, and schools to dissipate tensions between Syrian and Jordanian populations
Water and Sanitation
- In northern Jordan, USAID funded a new pumping station and extensive pipeline system in the Mafraq governorate. The system transports 20% more water to communities in Irbid, Mafraq and Jerash and by 2014, will connect to the southern Disi water conveyor, making it the backbone of the North's water supply system
- USAID is rehabilitating a wastewater treatment plant and trunk line to Mafraq, and as a result, will provide treated water for irrigation, thereby reducing demand for over-used groundwater
- Since 2010, USAID has renovated and expanded the obstetric and neonatal wards at six major hospitals in the north
- In the last eight years, USAID has renovated, equipped and furnished 25 departments in public hospitals
- USAID is building the capacity of healthcare providers across Jordan, improving the quality of health services, and establishing information management systems for healthcare facilities
Democracy and Governance
- USAID has launced a rapid response community engagement project to address community-level stressors (including those exacerbated by the influx of refugees) such as employment, housing costs and service delivery. USAID's programs promote dialogue, community cohesion and tolerance.
- USAID added $20 million in Complex Crises Funds for community-based water collection, storage, conservation and the repair of water pipelines and other water infrastructure related projects in refugee-impacted communities
- An additional $11 million will fast-track expansion of 15-20 schools with large numbers of Syrian refugees; help develop early grade reading and math diagnostic tools; support a remedial reading and math program; and scale up a UNESCO teacher training program that promotes inclusive teaching method
- World Food Program vouchers feed refugees in camps and host communities
- USAID provides physical therapy services for torture victims
- An awareness campaign targets Syrian refugees and host communities to reduce early marriage, human trafficking, child labor and sexual and gender-based violence
Assistance to the Government of Jordan
In FY 2012, the United States committed $100 million in additional budget support to offset the Government of Jordan’s spending on energy and refugees. During his visit in March 2013, President Obama committed another $200 million in budget support and a separate loan guarantee.
Last updated: August 13, 2013