The United States and Jordan have worked in partnership in development since 1957. Today, USAID’s development strategy includes programs in education, water, economic development and energy, democracy and governance, family planning and health, gender equality and female empowerment. USAID also supports Jordan’s efforts to address increased challenges resulting from the influx of refugees due to regional volatility.
Snapshot of major achievements :
- By constructing six water/wastewater facilities and networks, USAID has ensured that one-third of Jordan’s population, more than 2 million people, have fresh water and sanitation services.
- USAID has improved the learning environment for more than 1 million students by training thousands of teachers and building and renovating more than 120 schools throughout the country.
- USAID has increased the capacity of 1,300 civil society organizations so they can promote programs that improve human rights and transparency.
- USAID has renovated and modernized 318 public-sector clinics, 31 NGO-sector clinics and 25 public-sector hospital departments throughout Jordan.
USAID collaborates to strengthen civil society, expand civic participation, improve governance and transparency, and enhance the resilience of communities. Programs also support democratic reform by promoting human rights, representative political parties, and free and fair elections. USAID works with community members to identify and prioritize community needs and plan solutions to address those needs. New programs ensure the ongoing promotion of community cohesion and tolerance through dialogue.
USAID programs promote economic growth by improving the business enabling environment, increasing competitiveness, creating a skilled workforce, and helping vulnerable groups. Since 2006, USAID has helped to attract $1 billion in new investments to Jordan and to create tens of thousands of jobs. Its efforts have accelerated growth in tourism, medical services, and information and communication technologies, and have fostered the creation of a microfinance industry that serves over 300,000 people with a $187-million portfolio.
During the past two years, USAID has helped the Government of Jordan (GOJ) raise $3.75 billion in affordable financing from international capital markets so it can provide critical services to its citizens as it enacts economic reforms and hosts approximately 629,000 registered refugees. USAID is also developing strategies to lower energy costs, foster public and private investment in clean energy technologies, and create a new market for Jordanian energy companies and service providers. It is also helping the GOJ increase energy efficiency and diversify its energy resource base to incorporate renewables including solar and wind power.
In cooperation with the GOJ, USAID’s health program improves family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) through increasing access to, and the quality of, FP/RH services. USAID also improves maternal and neonatal health outcomes by ensuring safer pregnancies and deliveries through upgrading obstetric and neonatal wards, institutionalizing protocols within facilities, providing clinical training and expanding outreach. Lastly, USAID improves health outcomes through strengthening activities focused on service delivery, health workforce development, knowledge management and information systems, and renovation of health facilities.
USAID programs support the GOJ in education reform by building the capacity of teachers and administrators and through school construction and rehabilitation. USAID works with the GOJ on strengthening reading and math skills in the first few grades of school both inside the classroom and in a child’s community. Since 2006, USAID’s Jordan School Construction and Rehabilitation Project dedicated $199 million towards the construction of 28 new schools and the renovation or expansion of an additional 97 schools. These efforts have improved the learning environment for more than 100,000 students attending the 125 new or rehabilitated schools. USAID recognizes that youth are the future leaders of the Kingdom of Jordan and has provided life-skills training and work opportunities to vulnerable youth.
Jordan is one of the driest countries on Earth. Demand for water exceeds Jordan’s renewable freshwater sources. The influx of 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, conservation of agricultural water use, integrated water resources management, and water and wastewater infrastructure. Efforts also include small loans and grants for water catchment and storage, and support to local water companies for infrastructure repair and maintenance.
Enhancing gender equality and female empowerment is a priority for USAID. USAID includes and empowers women and girls across its entire portfolio, 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: May 19, 2016
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