Government of Canada

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada


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Two Jordanian men and one youth. © ACDI-CIDA/François-Éric de Repentigny


Jordan is a middle-income country that has remained peaceful and stable for nearly four decades despite regional conflict and instability. It is a leader in facilitating peaceful solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Jordan ranks 100 out of 187 countries on the United Nations Development Programme's 2012 human development index. It is on track to meet Millennium Development Goals on education and gender equality although women's participation in employment, public and political life remains low. Jordan has made improvements in health and poverty reduction.

However, sustainable economic growth remains a challenge. Unemployment, especially among youth, is growing. More than 70 percent of Jordanians are under the age of 30. The International Labour Organization estimates that only 20 percent of those aged 15 to 24 are employed.

Jordan is a constitutional monarchy. The World Bank ranks Jordan as being the least corrupt in all of the low and middle-income countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

Jordan's relatively secure environment makes it a hub for the delivery of Canada's programs in the Middle East—it plays a critical role in supporting the West Bank and Gaza and regional programs.

Thematic Focus

Canada's international development assistance program in Jordan is closely aligned with Jordan's priorities of economic development, public sector reform and modernization of the education system, as outlined in Jordan's National Agenda.

The goal of Canada's international development assistance program in Jordan is to secure a future for children and youth and stimulate sustainable economic growth. Canada is helping Jordan to increase education and employment opportunities for a young and rapidly growing population and to improve competitiveness in the private sector in order to reduce poverty and create employment.

Children and youth

Canada supports efforts to improve the quality of education and employment programs in Jordan to help increase the number of skilled women and men who meet the country's economic and social development needs. Canada also provides technical assistance and training to the Ministry of Education to improve policy-making, teaching, learning and instructional materials.

Selected example of expected results
  • Up to 37 school districts and 3,411 schools will use the new decentralized and participatory education model, benefitting more than 1.1 million students

Economic growth

Canada’s efforts focus on improving skills for employment by providing technical assistance and training to selected training institutions. Canada is also helping to establish new governance structures and supporting reform activities that advance equality between women and men and empower women.

Selected examples of expected results
  • Technical and vocational training linked to jobs in the local market will be provided to Jordanian youth
  • Employment rate of vocational training graduates will increase from 55 percent to 65 percent
  • The number of people reached through the electronic labour exchange system (linking employers and jobseekers) will increase by 20 percent per year

Progress on Aid Effectiveness

Jordan adheres to the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (PDF, 317 KB, 23 pages) and, according to the OECD 2008 Survey on Monitoring the Paris Declaration (PDF, 155 KB, 16 pages), is ranked high for its level of government ownership; it is ranked more modestly for donor alignment and harmonization and for managing for results.

Jordan's development objectives are outlined in the National Agenda and the Education Reform for the Knowledge Economy initiative. The Government of Jordan is eager to improve accountability and efficiency in public institutions.

Canada chairs the Donor Lender Coordination Group on education and skills for employment and is actively involved in policy dialogue with the Government of Jordan in this sector.

Achievements 2011-2012

Children and youth

  • Trained 1,437 principals, vice-principals and supervisors, including 817 women, on the development of participatory, results-based school improvement plans for Jordan's schools and districts
  • Trained and mentored 133 school supervisors, including 40 women, to enable staff to develop and enhance their schools

Economic growth

  • Provided business development training to more than 100 women-led businesses and technical assistance to 12 women's organizations, introducing a technical approach to vocational training
  • Worked with more than 40 human resource managers from private companies to sensitize them to gender issues and equip them with tools to promote equitable employment
  • Supported Al Huson College to develop a curriculum for health, safety and environment programs, including 27 course outlines for a two-year diploma program

Achievements 2010-2011

Children and youth

  • Implemented school improvement plans in 766 schools and completed development plans in seven districts, enhancing the accountability and responsibility of service delivery
  • Delivered leadership training to 140 school leaders
  • Established and trained 66 community-based education councils, reaching more than 600 community members in support of a community-based education model with more local involvement
  • Trained 766 principals and 136 supervisors to implement the decentralized education model of the Jordanian School and District Development Program
  • Provided training for 23 managing directors and key staff in the Ministry of Education on strategic planning techniques to effectively support the decentralization of service delivery

Economic growth

  • Registered 105,449 job seekers, 7,750 employers, and 15,534 job ads on the Electronic Labor-Exchange system, linking employers with job seekers and providing safe access for women to learn about job vacancies and opportunities

Achievements 2009-2010

Children and youth

  • Trained more than 140 school leaders and 66 community-based education councils about how to participate in school development
  • Trained 64 supervisors and government staff in mentoring/coaching—an effective, low-cost method to help principals and teachers implement their school improvement plans
  • Trained more than 800 teachers and 1,000 students and parents to use the new decentralized and participatory education model and some 766 schools in 6 districts are using the new model

Economic growth

  • Helped the Government of Jordan develop a new vocational education policy, a new national employment policy, and a plan for reforming the technical and vocational education and training system

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