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In 2018 and 2019, Jordan witnessed a series of large-scale peaceful protests in which demonstrators expressed their dissatisfaction with government performance, proposed tax legislation, and increased income inequality. While the Government of Jordan has launched efforts to address citizen demands for change, it must carefully balance achieving reform, citizen-state trust, and maintaining stability. To this end, USAID’s Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening supports the Jordanian government’s continued efforts toward establishing equitable, accountable, and inclusive political processes that will ensure the long-term stability of Jordan.

USAID supports the Independent Election Commission’s work to improve political representation and the accountability of elected bodies through free and fair elections and increased civic engagement. To achieve this, the project focuses on several components, including designing and providing civic engagement and voter education curricula in universities, schools, and communities; training staff to strengthen the Commission’s organizational and human resource capacities; deploying new elections infrastructure to safeguard accuracy and data security; and establishing a regional center of excellence to be housed at the Commission that will serve as a training and research institute to provide electoral technical assistance and research to support electoral commissions in neighboring countries.

USAID’s Public Accountability and Justice Strengthening Activity will support the achievement of King Abdullah’s vision for increased accountability and effectiveness of public institutions in Jordan. The Activity will strengthen the transparency of public institutions within the GOJ and increase institutional efforts to protect human rights and contribute to Jordan’s journey towards public sector reform. The Activity will support both sides of supply and demand for increased accountability and effectiveness. Institutional support of key public institutions will promote public integrity, access to justice, and effective protection of legal and human rights for all citizens, while support to civil society and private sector actors will increase demand for reforms related to government accountability and the effective protection of all individuals’ rights.

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USAID’s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity works with implementing partners, local MEL organizations, and the government to ensure USAID’s activities in Jordan achieve their intended results. This is done by undertaking monitoring, evaluation, and strategic assessments, while supporting collaborative learning and adaptation. The activity trains monitoring and evaluation specialists, technical staff and senior management within USAID/Jordan, and USAID partners, to help them effectively monitor and evaluate achievements in their programs against intended results. The activity also supports the government, local firms, academia, non-government organizations, and private sector professionals in developing their monitoring and evaluation management abilities to build a cadre of local experts and remove the need for USAID monitoring and evaluation assistance in the future.

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Two-thirds of Jordan’s population are under the age of 30 and the youth unemployment rate is approximately 50 percent. Insufficient employment opportunities and an education system that does not prepare youth for the workforce lead to apathy, frustration, and a perception by youth that they are not included in the process. USAID programming encourages equitable participation of youth in the economy and public life, which is essential for the country’s political and economic stability.

USAID’s school for a knowledge economy (SKEP) project is building and furnishing 25 new schools throughout Jordan, increasing students’ access to inclusive, environmentally-friendly, and student-centered learning environments. To address limited access to public space for extra-curricular activities, nearby communities can access the schools’ multipurpose and meeting rooms, computer labs, and recreational spaces outside of school hours.

USAID works directly with the Ministry of Youth to support the development of young Jordanians to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and social networks they need to thrive. This includes the development of a Virtual Youth Center housed at the website, SHABAB.JO, the activation of six youth centers and training for Ministry staff in areas like human resources, finance, policy development, internal communication, and monitoring and evaluation. USAID and the Ministry consult directly with youth groups and local communities to co-develop effective and inclusive solutions so youth participate directly in the execution of the projects. Underlying each initiative is USAID’s commitment to better respond to the needs of youth and their communities.

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Last updated: June 25, 2022

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