Ministry, UNDP launch platform for administration-community connectivity

(Photo: Jordan News Agency, Petra)

AMMAN — The Ministry of Local Administration and the UN Development Program (UNDP) launched a social communication platform for municipalities, which is part of the Norway-funded Network of Local Governments project, the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.اضافة اعلان

The project aims to create a nationwide platform to effectively link national decision-makers with municipalities and local communities to promote regular public consultation and participation.

It targets 45 municipalities in six governorates, namely Irbid, Ajloun, Balqa, Madaba, Aqaba, and Tafileh, covering Jordan’s northern, central, and southern regions.

In remarks during the launching ceremony, the ministry’s Secretary-General Hussein Al-Mheidat said the platform would guide local communities to municipalities’ electronic services, develop new or enhanced means and quality services, and allow the public to propose solutions and partake in decision-making.

Norway’s Ambassador Espen Lindbeck said the project ensures the growth of new technologies, thus enabling administrations and the public to expand their participation by empowering their local administrative bodies.

He stressed the importance of transparency, and boosting the contribution of vulnerable and marginalized segments in decision-making, which the project promotes by using digital transformation tools and enhancing institutional accountability.

Baker Hiyari, head of the government and peacebuilding team at UNDP Jordan, underscored the cooperation between the government, UN organizations, and donors to support local administrations’ efforts to communicate with their communities and come up with solutions for development challenges.

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