UN in Jordan implemented programs worth $914.1m in 2021 — report

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AMMAN — The UN’s agencies, funds, and programs spent $914.1 million in Jordan last year to support humanitarian and development activities and projects, according to the UN in Jordan’s annual results report for 2021. The report highlighted the UN’s humanitarian activities and development interventions under the fourth year of the agency’s Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) 2018–2022 implementation.اضافة اعلان

The report also features activities implemented by the UN in Jordan over the past year, in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing its socioeconomic impact and inclusive recovery.

According to the report, the agency focused its activities across three main priorities: strengthened institutions, empowered people, and enhanced opportunities. Under these priorities, the UN worked closely with funding partners, civil society organizations and various governmental institutions to support formulation and amendment to new and existing legislations, policies, and strategies as well as strengthening capacity of institutions to enable Jordan to achieve its commitments under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The UN also continued creating an enabling environment to enhance individuals’ knowledge of rights, as well as their access to information, education, skills, capacities, and services. Efforts over the past year focused on empowering people to change patterns of behavior, to improve their circumstances and development.

In addition, the UN provided trainings and strengthened economic opportunities with a focus on women and vulnerable Jordanians and refugees.

Other results achieved in 2021 include:
Over 2,000,000 Jordanians and refugees were supported with humanitarian and development services.

Over 60 policies, strategies, programs, and pieces of legislation of the government of Jordan were formulated and/or supported.

89,000 people accessed information about eliminating all forms of violence against women.

2,102,463 community members were exposed to information about women, peace, and security; gender equality; gender-based violence; the role of women in society; peacebuilding; and preventing violent extremism.

78,688 children received messages on child protection and psychosocial support.

425,818 Jordanian and Syrian school children benefited from the School Feeding Program.

5,286 out of school children were supported through the non-formal education program.

500,000 refugees received monthly cash assistance for food.

7,000 individuals benefited from enhanced access to labor market through skills development.

62,195 work permits (56,693 men and 5,502 women) were issued to refugees by the government; the highest number since 2016.

50 entrepreneurs and small businesses received business incubation training.

The UN allocated $441.3 million to support the government in its response to the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19 and to help Jordan recovery from the pandemic. In addition, the UN supported vaccine rollout including provision of 436,800 COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX facilities, strengthened capacity of medical staff, and procured hospitals and laboratory equipment and supplies.

In 2022, the UN in Jordan will continue to focus on developing its new cooperation framework for the years, 2023–2027 and bring the current UNSDF cycle to a close, according to the report.  The new framework will highlight four main priorities: enhanced opportunities for inclusive, gender-responsive green growth; enhanced access to quality social services protection; enhanced national capacity to address responsible, equitable access to and consumption of water, food, and energy; and strengthened accountability, transparency, and participation.

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