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Over the past 75 years, the United States and Jordan have maintained a long-standing partnership to bolster Jordan’s economic stability and support a healthy, well-educated, and productive population that can forge a stable and prosperous future. The U.S. Government has provided Jordan with more than $17.3 billion in foreign aid since 1946. USAID has directly supported a 40 percent reduction in infant mortality in the last twenty years, expanded equitable access to education for Jordanian and refugee students, increased the availability of drinking water and improved sanitation for millions of Jordanians, and facilitated the Jordan-U.S. Free Trade Agreement to help businesses access new markets and grow.


Jordan has a well-educated, youthful population, and a reputation for stability in a turbulent region. However, the economy has stagnated, unemployment is high, water demand outstrips supply, and civic participation remains low. The growing population, influx of refugees from regional crises, and COVID-19 strain the country’s resources, threatening economic stability and security. Through its strong partnership with the Government of Jordan, USAID is bolstering economic stability, improving water security, strengthening democratic governance, investing in health and education, and expanding opportunities for women and youth.


A robust, inclusive private sector-led economy is essential for Jordan to create jobs and spur broader economic growth. USAID works with the Government of Jordan to improve fiscal stability, increase energy sector stability, and advance regulatory reforms that make it easier for Jordanians to invest in and grow their businesses. Our programs address the barriers that contribute to Jordan having one of the lowest female labor participation rates in the world, and facilitate investments to economic sectors with high growth potential, such as tourism, and encourage business formalization. With USAID support, the Government of Jordan enacted reforms that helped it advance 29 places on the 2020 Doing Business Ranking, the second highest improvement worldwide. Since 2016, more than 5,000 youth have completed professional training programs linked to full-time employment that USAID launched in partnership with the private sector.


Jordan is one of the world’s most water-scarce countries in the world. Its renewable water supply meets around two-thirds of the population’s needs. USAID partners with the Government of Jordan and the private sector to improve water and wastewater infrastructure and to provide Jordanians with a sustainable water supply. Jordan loses up to half of its water to leaky pipes, theft, and underbilling. By strengthening water policies and reforming water utilities, replacing old water networks, and enabling rapid leak detection and repair, USAID is helping Jordan stem its water losses. Our programs also promote adoption of water-saving technologies and behaviors by farmers and households to promote more sustainable water use. USAID supported construction of the Zara Ma’an Water Plant, which provides drinking water to 1.7 million people and reduced water loss from 44 to 26 percent in eleven distribution zones around the country.


USAID works with the Government of Jordan to advance the King’s vision for a more stable, democratic future by strengthening the partnership between the government and the people. USAID bolsters civil society’s capacity to advocate for all members of society, improves service delivery at the municipal level so that the government can better meet citizen needs, and supports reforms that strengthen the public sector. Our civic literacy and engagement programs in schools and universities inspire and equip the next generation of Jordanians to be more engaged in the governance of their country, graduating more than 30,000 school-age youth since 2012. USAID promoted greater citizen participation in elections by reaching more than 2 million people through debates on social media and supporting the Independent Election Commission’s voter education campaigns, mobilizing over 12,000 youth during the 2020 parliamentary elections as volunteers, election observers, and voters.


USAID builds and renovates public schools and hospitals, expanding access to education and health care throughout Jordan. We are improving the quality of healthcare by training health-care professionals and assisting the government to implement continuous professional development programs. USAID also ensures individuals and families have access to knowledge and resources about behaviors that help them live healthier lives. USAID programs strengthen Arabic and math instruction in Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2, and 3, prepare new teachers to enter the classroom, and support centers that give out-of-school youth the chance to complete their education and pursue employment. In response to COVID-19, USAID trained 16,500 health care workers on how to care for COVID-19 patients, launched awareness campaigns to encourage mask wearing, social distancing, and COVID-19 vaccination, trained 12,000 teachers on how to provide quality distance education, and delivered workbooks to children without digital access.

Last updated: October 18, 2021

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