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The Economic Integration in Migrant Communities Activity (MEI) works with public and private sector actors to address social and economic challenges resulting from sustained mass migration from Venezuela.  As of January 2022, over two million people have fled from Venezuela to Colombia.

The United States, through USAID programming and advocacy, has long partnered with civil society and governments to strengthen democracies and respect for human rights and dignity around the world. In recent years, we have witnessed democratic decline and the rise of authoritarianism across the world, but the current moment presents an opportunity to reverse these trends. Now is the time for us—not just America but the world’s democracies, allies in the private sector, civil society, multilateral institutions, religious and diaspora communities, and all citizens—to unite.

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.

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.  

USAID has continued to play a critical role in helping the Government of Jordan implement fiscal structural reforms and to meet the International Monetary Fund’s Extended Fund Facility conditionalities. These reforms aim to increase growth, stimulate job creation, foster fiscal stability, increase transparency, and improve budget discipline. With support from USAID, Jordan has made considerable progress in improving its public financial management.

Jordan has one of the lowest rates of women’s economic participation in the world, with less than one-fifth  of women engaged in the formal workforce. In 2018, the Habibi Valtiberina Association, a local NGO  established by the priest of St. Joseph’s Pastoral Church in Amman, established a pilot Italian-style  cheesemaking project in the community of Ader located in the central governorate of Karak. HVA seeks to  increase the professional skills and economic livelihoods of vulnerable populations in Jordan as well as Iraqi  asylum seekers who fled ISIS persecution.  

One of the underlying factors hindering Jordan’s competitiveness and therefore, economic growth is the high cost of energy for businesses. The Government of Jordan has committed to reduce the costs of energy for businesses by working toward growth-enhancing structural reforms and continued fiscal adjustments aimed at preserving macroeconomic stability, enhancing competitiveness, strengthening the conditions for more sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and reducing public debt.

Jordan has yet to unlock fully the potential of the small and medium enterprises that drive its economy. As the COVID-19 crisis has decimated private sector employment and small and medium enterprise revenues worldwide, these challenges take on a new urgency today. Small and medium enterprises must create new and permanent jobs in order for Jordan to combat its rising unemployment rate.

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As of 2022, USAID health programs are investing more than $40 million each year to strengthen Ukraine’s health systems; combat infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS; address vaccine-preventable diseases; and expand access to mental health, psycho-social, and rehabilitation services. In 2021, USAID also committed $10.1 million in additional funding to support COVID-19 response and vaccination efforts - part of more than $74 million in U.S. Government COVID-related support to Ukraine since the pandemic began.

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Last updated: August 04, 2022

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