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Rehabilitation of Zara Ma'in Water System
June 15, 2022

Jordan is one of the most water-scarce countries in the world.A rapidly growing population and changing climate strain the already shrinking water resources. Jordan’s water systems provide comprehensive service coverage throughout the Kingdom, but water supplies are not always constant.Aging infrastructure results in significant water loss. Jordan requires expansions and upgrades to water treatment plants, water distribution systems,sewer collection systems, and wastewater treatment plants including expansion of effluent reuse in order to cope with the growing demand for diminishing surface water and groundwater resources, and to strengthen Jordan’s water security.

Women's Economic Empowerment and Leadership Activity
June 15, 2022

Women are an untapped resource for Jordan. Despite high education levels, the country has some of the lowest indicators in the world for female labor force and civic participation, productivity, and gender equality. Less than one-fifth of Jordan’s women are engaged in the formal workforce. Social norms discourage women from working and there are limited support services, such as transportation and child care, to enable their economic participation. Few women assume leadership roles in the private sector and government.

Economic reform activity
June 15, 2022

Over the past decade, Jordan has faced a number of external shocks that have directly affected its economic growth. The global financial crisis in 2009 led to a dampening of economic activity, the regional conflicts disrupted trade routes with key partners, including Turkey and the European Union, natural gas supplies from Egypt were disrupted in 2011, and most recently the global economic decline caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Jordan’s economy has weathered the COVID-19 shock better than many of its peers.

Sustainable Cultural Heritage Through Engagement of Local Communities
June 7, 2022

USAID supports the growth of Jordan’s tourism industry in order to drive employment, boost the overall strength of the economy, and create a more secure Jordan. With a wealth of historical, archaeological and natural attractions and a functioning tourism infrastructure, Jordan has the assets to develop a robust tourism sector.

Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature
June 7, 2022

Eco-tourism, or tourism that minimizes environmental impact and emphasizes environmental and cultural awareness, is a growing segment of Jordan’s vital tourism sector that provides economic opportunities for people in remote communities throughout the country. The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature is  a non-governmental organization established in 1966 responsible for the management of Jordan’s wildlife protection programs and national protected areas. It currently manages ten sites throughout the country.  


Last updated: June 15, 2022

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