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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.

The USAID Mission in Ukraine has transformed its programming to meet the urgent needs of the Ukrainian people following Russia’s invasion.All USAID/Ukraine programs remain active and we continue to invest in more than 40 activities run by more than 700 implementing partner staff still in the country. All of this helps to make Ukraine stronger, more democratic, and more prosperous, and helps Ukrainians realize the promise of the Revolution of Dignity.

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24 has created a grave humanitarian crisis and threatens decades of progress towards Ukraine’s independent and democratic future. The United States responded rapidly, announcing more than $1 billion in humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and neighboring countries affected by Russia's invasion. The USAID Mission in Ukraine has rapidly transformed its programming to meet the urgent needs of the Ukrainian people following Russia’s invasion.

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Last updated: May 24, 2022

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