​Municipal development project provides $38m in funding

3. Municipal Development
A general view of Zaatari refugee camp on July 18, 2013. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
AMMAN — The Ministry of Social Development has provided municipal development projects with $38.8 million in funds in the current phase of its Municipal Services and Social Adjustment Project, according to Al-Ghad.اضافة اعلان

During a field visit on Sunday to projects implemented in Mafraq, the projects manager Tawfiq Al-Khawattrah said that the municipal services project covered 28 municipalities across the Kingdom, including those affected by the Syria refugee crises.  He added that the cumulative funding since the launch of the project under the supervision of the World Bank in 2013, exceeded $90 million.

Chairman of the Zaatari Municipal Committee Mohammed Al-Dalabih said that 11 projects were implemented under the current phase of the project amounting to JD2 million to alleviate pressures on municipal services caused by Syrian refugees.

He noted that the projects included the implementation of asphalt mixes, construction of roads at a value of JD1 million, purchase of machinery worth JD340,000, and establishing two stadiums at a cost of JD310,000.  The remainder of the funds were spent on other projects, he said.

Fifty percent of the population of the municipality of Zaatari are Syrian refugees, which creates more pressure on all public facilities and infrastructures, according to Dalabih.

Chairman of the Greater Mafraq Municipality Committee Hani Al-Shuraa stressed that the city’s public facilities face huge pressures as a result of the big influx of Syrian Refugees in Mafraq, noting that the funding provided by the Municipal Services Project has contributed to easing this pressure.  However, he said additional support would be required for the developmental projects.

World Bank Resident Representative Holly Benner said that the bank had among its priorities the Zaatari municipality as it has been most affected by the Syria refugee crises, and lately by the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Benner added that the bank’s innovative grant was urgently needed as it would lead to reflecting on new solutions to strengthen the role of municipalities in local development, and help in job creation as well as the promotion of municipal community-participatory work.

The Municipal Services and Social Adjustment Project is supervised by the World Bank and funded by several governments including the Canadian, Jordanian, British, and Dutch governments, as well as USAID.

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