2013-2017 Jordan: United Nations Development Assistance Framework

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Executive Summary

· The Framework seeks to support Jordan by:

o Enhancing systemic reform: includes a number of media, civil service, budget, electoral, corruption and human rights reforms

o Ensuring social equity: entails efforts to better protect women and children, strengthen safety nets, improve health and education services and reduce poverty in the country

o Investing in young people: includes supporting young people in acquiring the necessary life skills and knowledge, promoting political and civic engagement, living healthier lives, and improving their employability and access to decent work opportunities

o Preserving the environment: includes providing support to improved water resources management, climate change adaptation measures, enhanced mechanisms for disaster risk reduction, and supporting Jordan in its transition to a Green Economy

· The total cost for the Framework is estimated at USD 82 million, with efforts on promoting social equity and investing in youth receiving the greatest proportion of funds

Key Findings

The purpose of the Report is to present the Development Assistance Framework (DAF) and outline recommendations on how Jordan can improve its standing on key issues. As a result, the Report presents little in the way of key findings, except to identify the ways in which its proposals overlap with the Government’s National Agenda, Executive Development Programme, and the Millennium Development Goals. Detailed information on this overlap can be found in the report, as each priority area begins with a table containing such information.

Recommended Actions and Initiatives

In addition to providing detailed recommended actions for each priority area, the Report also includes key stakeholders the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) will seek to partner with and provide financial information about the estimated expenses of each priority area objective.


Priority Area 1: Enhancing Systemic Reform

· Media reform has been held back by complicated legal frameworks. The UNCT will support efforts to reform self-regulation, media professionalism, and enact amendments to media regulations. The UNCT will also provide technical expertise to develop the required institutions

· The UNCT will develop the Government’s capacity to design and implement evidence based plans for national efforts such as disaster preparedness and affordable housing

· The UNCT will also provide technical support to strengthen parliamentarians’ representation, legislation, and oversight functions. Additional items requiring attention include poor quality of governorate-level administration and the electoral system

· The evidence base for policy development needs to be improved, which the UNCT will facilitate by commissioning studies on the decision making process

· The UNCT will support the National Commission for Human Rights’ reporting responsibilities, the Anti-Corruption Commission’s corruption prevention initiatives, and MoPIC’s aid coordination activities


Priority Area 2: Ensuring Social Equality

· The UNCT will strengthen Jordan’s Childhood Act and create community-based programs to deal with domestic violence, violence in schools, and child labor

· The UNCT will support the work of an intra-ministerial Poverty Strategy and a Livelihood and Food Security Strategy

· The UNCT will support the local business environment by enhancing support services for SMEs, encouraging young entrepreneurs, and increasing access to financing

· To assist the Government in strengthening its social protection floors, the UNCT will support the Social Security Corporation expand access to health care, income security for the elderly and persons with disabilities, and child benefits

· The UNCT will support teacher training, to ensure that children with special needs can be appropriately served. Additional information is also needed on the number of people with all types of disabilities, so the UNCT will support a national survey to this end. Other education efforts include improving the quality and range of options for early childcare, and ensuring that teacher training is sufficient to allow them to prepare students to enter the knowledge economy

· The healthcare system in Jordan lacks a unified and updated set of guidelines on what services are considered most basic; the UNCT will work to develop such guidelines


Priority 3: Investing in Young People

· The UNCT will support civic engagement and volunteerism initiatives in schools, as these programs are good ways to teach young people how to participate in decision making. Schools will be targeted for other initiatives, such as the development of school councils and parent teacher associations. In general, the UNCT will also develop technical and vocational education and training (TVET) to ensure it is aligned with the needs of the labor market

· Vulnerable youth living in poverty pockets will also be assisted by the UNCT, as many lack important life skills and hold very traditional gender roles

· Jordanian youth also lack important information about adult health matters, such as reproductive health, sexually transmitted diseases, and nutrition. The UNCT will seek to raise awareness of these issues by launching initiatives in youth centers, school camps, and informal networks


Priority 4: Preserving the Environment

· The UNCT will support the technical capacity of the water management sector, and encourage the sector to create new standards on water quality and to prepare for changes to water due to climate change. To the same end, the UNCT will also provide technical support for the transition to a Green Economy in Jordan, and will promote energy efficiency in households and in SMEs

· To educate Jordanians about efforts to preserve the environment, the UNCT will support national institutions in environmental and cultural research. The UNCT will also support the development of school curricula to educate school children about environmental and cultural preservation

· The UNCT will support Jordan’s administrative efforts to preserve the environment by assisting in the development of the National Adaption Programme of Action, allow for gender mainstreaming in environmental preservation, and assist Jordan in obtaining funds from the Global Environment Faculty’s Adoption Fund


Report Name



2013-2017 Jordan: United Nations Development Assistance Framework




Supporting Donor

United Nations

United Nations


Lead Ministry


Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation

Key Topics

Affordable Housing – Corruption – Climate Change – Disaster Preparedness – Education – Environmental protection – Government capacity building – Health – Media Reform – People with special needs – Poverty reduction – Resource efficiency – SMEs – Social Equity – Social Security Corporation – Technical and Vocational Training– Water Management – Youth

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