The United States and Jordan have worked in partnership in development for nearly 60 years. Today, focus areas under USAID’s development strategy include 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.
USAID focuses on strengthening civil society, expanding civic participation, improving governance and transparency, and enhancing 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 attract $1 billion in new investments to Jordan and create tens of thousands of jobs. Its efforts have accelerated growth in tourism, medical services, and Internet and Communication Technologies, and have helped create 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 $2.25 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 600,000 registered refugees. USAID is also helping to develop 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, focusing on 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 quality of, FP/RH services. In 2014, health outreach workers provided 677,000 low-income women with FP/RH information through home-based counseling visits. USAID also focuses on improving 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 by enabling 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. USAID constructed and furnished 27 new schools and 609 kindergarten classrooms, as well as rehabilitated and expanded 97 existing public schools. USAID recognizes that youth are the future of leaders of the Kingdom of Jordan and has provided life-skills training and work opportunities to vulnerable youth. Educators in 330 schools have been trained, and leadership and life skills of 130,000 youth were enhanced through school-to-career programs.
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, improved pricing, integrated water resources management, and water and wastewater infrastructure. Efforts 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: September 11, 2015
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