An Integrated Economic and Social Development Policy Framework for Jordan

Brief/ Background

Jordan is a country where national planning prevailed since the 1970s and 1980s. In 2005, The Kingdom adopted a National Agenda that paved the way to the economic and social policies that the county will implement between 2006 and 2015. The country has also formulated a pool of sectoral and thematic strategic documents with the notion that all these elaborative documents will complement the socio economic paradigm adopted in this Agenda.

Evidently when analyzing the economic and social performance of the country, it flows to the surface that the social economic model adopted is reaching its limit. The following sections provide a snapshot of the evolution of key socio-economic indicators within the spectrum of the past decade.

The current Jordan National Agenda 2005-2016 represents an ambitious plan for reform, future growth and development of Jordan. His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein introduced the concept in 2005 as a way to create a comprehensive strategy for social, political and economic transformation, which would position Jordan to pursue sustainable economic growth and greater social inclusion. The National Agenda was distinguished from previous plans by taking a holistic approach to development that recognizes that social, economic and political development can only advance in tandem. Its emphasis on achievement deadlines, performance indicators and built-in monitoring and evaluation mechanisms also made it dynamic and accommodating.

The National Agenda policy initiatives were developed along three main dimensions; Government & Policies involving reforms intended to contribute to the stimulation of economic development, improvement of social welfare, and security. Main focus areas also included Basic Rights and Freedoms covering social inclusion, global inclusion, religious freedom, political and cultural development, equality before the law, access to healthcare, freedom of assembly, personal & property safety, freedom of speech, citizenship rights and free and responsible media sector.

Expected Outputs

Output 1:  Social and Economic Challenges are determined, factors hindering the success of national policies and strategies are identified

Output2:  A new vision and the macro economic and social framework for the next ten years is formulated, incorporating a national executive development program with a clear M&E plan

Output3: Analytical capacities for the preparation of the Integrated Framework are strengthened, and effective implementation of said Framework is promoted

Output4: Participatory media and communication strategy for the Integrated Framework is developed

What have we accomplished so far

-  The revision, Analysis, grouping and mapping of all the views and goals of the strategic documents, in addition to Identifying shortcomings and trigger the adjustments necessary to align these documents with the new vision “Jordan 2025”

-  Comprehensive SWOT analysis was conducted

- Needs assessment was conducted, and the competitive advantage of Jordan in certain clusters was determined

- Vision and mission statements of “Jordan 2025” was determined
-Key policy areas are identified in “Jordan Vision 2025”, and indicators, baselines, and targets are formulated.

- Contributions to the preparation of government action plans.

- Capacity-building and training of stakeholders increases their ability to implement the elements of the New Development Framework pertinent to their institution

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