Improving access to water and sanitation
Supporting the energy transition
Supporting local and urban development
Jordan is a semi-desert Middle Eastern country surrounded by Saudi Arabia, the West Bank, Iraq, Israel and Syria. It has a 26 km-long coastline along the Gulf of Aqaba. Despite the major regional crises affecting its immediate neighborhood (Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Syrian and Iraqi crises), Jordan has managed to maintain its stability and continue its development.
Jordan benefits from strong international support to address a difficult economic and persistent situation (mass influx of refugees, halt in regional trade, decline in tourism), while drawing on its own natural and financial resources, which weakens its economic and social balances. In this particularly constrained context, the Jordanian Government is taking measures to continue the investments and reforms required for its medium-term development, and offer prospects of resilience to host communities and decent living conditions for the refugees on its territory. The London Conference, in February 2016, laid the foundations for a medium-term contract between Jordan and the international community to support this twofold ambition.
In ten years of operations in Jordan, AFD has established itself as a major partner in the cooperation landscape. Our activities principally focus on two main themes: the management of natural constraints (water and energy) and economic and social development (support for local and urban development). We have implemented AFD Group’s wide range of technical and financial instruments for this purpose, mainly through cofinancing, for a total amount of EUR 1.2bn of commitments at the end of July 2017. The European Union and bilateral partners, such as USAID, entrust us with resources from delegated funds, which amounted to EUR 180m of grants at the end of 2017.