UK gov’t extends support to Jordan's social protection program

UK Press Release
The announcement came as part of a visit to the National Aid Fund’s main branch in Amman. (Photo: British embassy)
AMMAN — British Ambassador Bridget Brind announced on Monday £9 million in UK support for social protection in Jordan through the Takaful 3 program, according to a British embassy press statement.اضافة اعلان

The ambassador’s announcement came as part of a visit to the National Aid Fund’s (NAF) main branch in Amman where she met with NAF acting director-general Barq Al-Damour and heard from NAF beneficiaries on how UK-supported cash transfers under the Takaful 3 program have positively affected their lives following the impacts of COVID-19, the statement read.

The Takaful 3 program was launched in January 2021 to provide cash transfers to 160,000 vulnerable households including informal workers whose livelihoods were negatively impacted by the pandemic. This latest funding, according to the statement, will benefit approximately 72,000 individuals.

This additional funding brings the UK’s total support for Jordan’s social protection since the beginning of the pandemic to £34 million.

In 2020, the program provided cash transfers to 293,000 economically vulnerable Jordanian households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including those who had lost jobs and livelihoods in the informal sector and female headed households.

Concluding her visit, Ambassador Brind said that she was delighted that British support had “helped the NAF to reach so many vulnerable beneficiaries during 2020 and 2021. My meeting with families supported by (the) NAF’s emergency cash transfers confirms how the program continues to make a positive difference to their lives by strengthening their resilience during the difficult circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Commenting on the visit, acting NAF director-general Domour said: “The UK’s efforts in providing financial and technical assistance support in Jordan, alongside other donors and technical partners, have enabled the improvement and expansion of our social protection in Jordan, allowing it to bring more benefit to more beneficiaries.”

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