The United Kingdom

Bilateral Cooperation between Jordan and the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom 's bilateral aid program is fully grant-funded by the Department for International Development (DFID). This targets three main priority areas: economic reform/privatization, education, and poverty-reduction. The program funds in-country and UK-based training and equipment costs. The main focus of the United Kingdom 's current and future development policy in Jordan was on assisting the Government of Jordan build its planning and operational capacity to reduce poverty and social exclusion; as well as supporting the Government's economic reform process.

United Kingdom 's support has focused on improving the capacity of the Ministry of Social Development and Queen Zein Al-Sharaf Institute for Development to help sustain the Government's strategic move from a policy environment of social welfare to one of social development and sharpen its poverty reduction focus. In addition, the United Kingdom provided support to the new initiative developed by the Government of Jordan the Family Protection Project, which aimed at building the capacity of the public and voluntary institutions to develop and implement an integrated strategy to reduce domestic violence, child and sexual abuse.

A key priority area for the United Kingdom 's support has been assisting the Ministry of Education in developing and improving modern education systems in Jordan . The United Kingdom has been supporting initiatives which accelerates the pace of economic reform, and assist create the environment for higher economic growth, to complement human capital development in reducing unemployment and inequity in the Jordanian society. Furthermore, other areas in which the United Kingdom has provided support was the income tax reform, the capital market development, public sector reform, and privatization process. Currently, the United Kingdom is supporting the Public Sector Reform Project, which aims to improve the delivery of public services. It covers four areas of reform - financial, administrative, judicial, and E-government.

Moreover, the British Embassy in Amman has given particular attention to cooperation with community groups in the poorer areas. As part of the United Kingdom 's development strategy, a Small Grants Scheme is maintained which is a discrete fund administered by the British Embassy for small projects with a specific local community focus.

The United Kingdom and Jordan have also signed agreements for the Promotion and Protection of Investments, as well as Air Services.


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