Jordan has long had close political relations with Germany, dating back to 1962. Outside the political arena, there is also successful cooperation in development cooperation, as well as in the economic and cultural sectors. Jordan and Germany first signed a Technical Cooperation agreement in the economic sphere in 1960, which was followed by a Technical Cooperation Agreement, signed in 1977, covering a  broader sphere.

Financial and Technical Assistance

Development cooperation plays a major role in Jordanian-German relations. Germany is one of the largest bilateral donors, providing both technical and financial assistance to the Kingdom under comprehensive technical and financial cooperation programmes.

 Between 1962 and 2001, Germany has pledged a total amount of assistance of DM 2.1 billion to finance priority projects in various sectors. During the period 2002-2008, Germany extended a total amount of Euro 228 million in the form of soft loans, grants, technical assistance and debt swap. The period 2008-2009 saw Germany provide Jordan with a total assistance of Euro 92.5 million, of which Euro 84.5 million were provided in the form of soft loans and grants, and the remaining amount as technical assistance. 

Priority in cooperation is given to the water sector, as most of the financial support, which takes the forms of subsidies and favorable-term loans, is used for modernization measures in the water sector. The Development Bank of the Federal Republic and the Federal State (KfW) has also promoted over the years projects that would help reduce water loss.

Moreover, Germany assists Jordan in achieving its development goals through the following  tools:

Integrated Experts: recruitment of German experts to assist Jordan in the implementation of development projects.

Senior Expert Service: seconding highly qualified retired experts on short-term missions).

Political Foundations: the Friedrich-Ebert Foundations, the Konard-Adenauer-Foundation, the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation, and the Hanns-Seidal-Foundation are active in areas that complement the development cooperation program, including: youth and women’s participation, gender equality, support for civil society and political participation, and poverty alleviation.

Small-Scale Activities of the German Embassy in Amman: The German Embassy in Amman manages about eight small-scale projects annually, under which it provides funding for projects in the areas of water, gender and environment.

DAAD Scholarship Program: Jordan is usually provided with 10 scholarships annually, in addition to 20 post-graduate courses under the DAAD program.



 Development Cooperation: The German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ)

GTZ is an international enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations. Federally owned, it supports the German government in achieving its development policy objectives.  GTZ has maintained an office in Amman in 1979, successfully carrying out activities in the Kingdom on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. GTZ’s technical cooperation programme  has helped Jordan throughout the past three decades in key areas, particularly water, poverty alleviation and promoting institutions. GTZ  has been focusing since 2001 on water, water-related environmental and resource protection.

Areas of Assistance

  • Water and Environment.
  • Institution and Capacity Building and Economic Development.
  • Agriculture and Rural Development.
  • Poverty Alleviation.
  • Education and Higher Education. 
  • Renewable Energy.

Ongoing Projects Funded by Germany:

1. Basic School Construction Programmer- Phases I, II, and III: the project is part of the nationwide reform programmer called (ERfKE). The program concerns the construction of around 12 new basic schools with nearly 240 classrooms and the provision of furniture and standard equipment.

2. Wastewater Greater Irbid-Phase II: reducing health hazards and protect water resources by reducing the contamination of wadis and groundwater aquifers.

3. Water Resources Management Programme and Water Resources Management Programmme (Accompanying Measure) Projects: financing investments to reduce water loss, improving the sanitation situations, and financing consulting services foreseen in context with implementation of these investments.

4. Water Loss Reduction Northern Governorates: rehabilitating crucial parts of the water distribution network to reduce water losses and help conserve water resources.

5. Wastewater Karak and Kufranjah and Wastewater Karak and Kufranjah (Accompanying Measure) Projects: ensuring a hygienically and environmentally sound wastewater disposal with the overall aim of reducing health risks for the growing population and protection of scarce water resources. Simultaneously the project generates resources for the substitution of freshwater in agricultural irrigation.

6. Management of Public Expenditure (MPE): improving  public financial management.

7. Water Pipeline Northern Governorate: improving the flexibility and efficiency of the water supply system in the Northern Governorate.


8. Water Loss Reduction Karak: The rehabilitation of crucial parts of the water distribution network will reduce technical water losses and help to conserve the scarce water resources in the region.

9. Water Management Middle Governorate: establishing a water management investment fund that will provide the means for urgent investment to improve the service quality and commercial performance of the Water Authority of Jordan’s administration in Madaba, Balqa and Zarka.

10. Water Supply Greater Amman-Phase III: rehabilitating the tertiary system including house connections and replacing water meters in the Greater Amman Area.

11. Management of Water Resources in Jordan: supporting institutional reform and capacity development through the different areas of competence that include; Operations Management Support, Water User Communities in the Jordan Valley, Use of Marginal Water, Human Resources Management, National Water Planning, Data and Information Management, Behavioral Change Communication, and Advisory Support for the Implementation of the Water Strategy.

12. Water Aspects in Land-Use Planning (BGR): improving the availability of information concerning the protection of and risks to water resources.

13. Water Loss Reduction Irbid/Jerash: rehabilitating crucial parts of the water distribution network will reduce technical waste losses and help to conserve the scarce water resources in the region.


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