The Ministry of Interior, the European Union Delegation in Jordan, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Administration, signed a five-million-euro agreement for a program that aims to enhance local governance in Jordan by encouraging accountability and effective policymaking.
The “Decentralization, Accountability and Integrity at the Local Level” 54-month program aims to improve service delivery and offer development opportunities to people by improving public institutions’ ability to fulfill their mandate, seek funding opportunities and implement projects involving active participation of citizens, according to a UNDP statement.
The agreement was co-signed by the Jordanian Minister of Interior, Mazen Faraiah, the Minister of Local Administration, Tawfiq Kreishan, the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Nasser Shraideh, the EU Ambassador to Jordan, Maria Hadjitheodosiou, and the UNDP Resident Representative to Jordan, Sara Ferrer Olivella.
Faraiah said: “…The partnership between the Ministry of Interior, the EU Delegation in Jordan and the UNDP is not new, however, it is an extension of a successful development program implemented by the Ministry of Interior on the local level with technical support provided by the UNDP, along with funding from the EU Delegation in Jordan. The program focuses on the importance of development cooperation regarding citizens and responding to national priorities.”