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October 16 2021 8:55 AM ˚

USAID Conference on “Fostering Sustainable and Comprehensive Local Administration”

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AMMAN – More than 500 jobs created in various fields and leveraged investments totaling $2.6 million, were among the achievements resulting from the partnership between USAID and the Ministry of Local Administration, said USAID’s deputy head of mission Margaret Spears.اضافة اعلان

Spears was addressing a conference titled Fostering Sustainable and Comprehensive Local Administration that was attended representatives from the Ministry of Local Administration and 33 municipalities.

The event highlighted how USAID assistance increased the effectiveness of municipal governance and supported local administration in Jordan. Participants discussed key achievements, impacts and lessons learned from on-the-ground initiatives related to municipal governance that USAID supported.   

“USAID’s support had a significant impact on advancing the whole local administration sector. The complementarity of roles and collaboration between all relevant stakeholders improved the quality of municipal services and promoted economic development at the national and local levels.” said the ministry’s secretary general, Hussein Mheidat, who attended the conference.

Spears said that USAID is proud of its partnership with the ministry and the work they accomplished together. “In addition to an ambitious street naming and building numbering initiative, we are particularly proud that we created more than 500 jobs in different fields like carpentry in Zarqa and vehicle maintenance in Ma’an,” Spears said.

“Together we leveraged a total of $2.6 million in investments, such as the new date cooling and storage facility in New Maadi.” 

The deputy head of mission also announced the launch of two municipal radio stations in Irbid and Madaba and an interactive media studio in Mafraq, which will enhance community outreach, promote transparency and improve municipal service delivery.

Representatives of partner ministries and government entities presented lessons learned and recommendations from USAID activities. Discussions highlighted the importance of the ministry’s Strategic Plan 2021-2024, financial management, budget formulation, local development planning, community engagement, and gender equity and social inclusion.

The event showcased the strong partnership between the Ministry of Local Administration, USAID, partner government institutions, and municipalities that improved economic development and better met the needs of local communities through improved governance.

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