5m-euro agreement signed to improve local governance in Jordan

“Decentralisation, Accountability and Integrity at the Local Level”
(Photo: Handout from UNDP)
AMMAN — The Ministry of Interior, the European Union Delegation in Jordan, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Administration on Thursday signed a 5 million euro agreement for a program that aims to enhance local governance in Jordan by encouraging accountability and effective policymaking.اضافة اعلان

The “Decentralization, Accountability and Integrity at the Local Level” 54-month program aims to improve service delivery and offer development opportunities to people by improving public institutions’ ability to fulfil their mandate, seek funding opportunities and implement projects involving the active participation of citizens, a press statement from UNDP said.

The agreement was co-signed by Minister of Interior Mazen Faraya, Minister of Local Administration Tawfiq Kreishan, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nasser Shraideh on the one side, and EU Ambassador to Jordan Maria Hadjitheodosiou, and UNDP Resident Representative to Jordan Sara Ferrer Olivella on the other.

The program, funded by the EU with technical support from UNDP, “focuses on the importance of development cooperation regarding citizens and responding to national priorities,” Faraya said during the signing ceremony.

The Minister of Interior hailed the role of the EU, and UNDP for their continuous support to Jordan through capacity building, technical support, and digitalized tools designed to streamline local administration and development through improving accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness in placing and implementing policies in the 6-selected governorates of Irbid, Balqa, Aqaba, Ajloun, Madaba and Tafilah.

This includes the government priorities in policies that support rule of law and integrity that require the follow up of priorities on all government levels, according to the statement.

Hadjitheodosiou stressed that “when addressing issues such as climate change, growing inequalities, urbanization or rural remoteness, local authorities are at the forefront for responding to the challenges on the ground and providing viable solutions for their communities. We believe that addressing the needs of local communities and achieving sustainable development can only be achieved through effective local governance. Our program aims to contribute to strengthen the capacity of Jordanian municipalities and Governorates, improve service delivery and develop accountability mechanisms.”

Stressing UNDP’s long-term presence in Jordan, Olivella anticipates that the new program will benefit local institutions in fostering inclusive and participatory participation and providing citizens for the common good during these testing times of the global pandemic.

The “Decentralization, Accountability and Integrity at the Local Level” program, or DAILL, will be implemented by UNDP in close cooperation with the ministries of interior, local administration, finance,  and planning and international cooperation in the governorates of Aqaba, Ajloun, Balqa, Irbid,  Madaba, Tafileh, the statement said.

Direct beneficiaries of the initiative will include governorate, executive and municipal councils, local civil servants, and communities in the pilot localities.

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