Thinking Differently about Poverty and the Poor


UNDP is providing technical assistance to support poverty analysis and monitoring at Ministry of Planning

And International Cooperation (MOPIC) and Department of Statistics (DOS).

What have we accomplished so far

  • Developing a comparison Quality of Life Index (QLI) 2002-2010 Report, formerly named (localised Living Standard Index, (LSI)
  • Developing 2010 detailed analytical report for (QLI) with linking these results with the current macroeconomic situation of the country.
  • Updating LSI Info database for the years 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2010 and Dev-Info HQ offices, and activating LSI Info website for Jordan.
  • Establishing an effective coordinating system for the line ministries supervised by MOPIC, , resulting in a coherent and comprehensive approach towards monitoring the implementation of the newly developed Executive Development Programme (EDP), 2011-2013.
  • Establishing a full computerized performance dashboard in MOPIC to assist in the operational, tactical and strategic level and up to date KPI’s and indicators, visualized through a web-based application.
  • Building capacity on using MIS for selected line ministries to ensure the sustainability and continuous use of the system by updating the indicators directly by ministries.
  • Conducting a poverty pockets survey which was the first of its kind in the Kingdom to produce analytical social data at the selected 15 districts/sub district level spread over 7 governorates of the Kingdom, it gathered evidence on household’s access to decent jobs, quality health care and education, reliance on community solidarity, social cohesion and public services.
  • Providing high technical expertise to support MOSD (Ministry of Social Development) and MOPIC in cooperation with the World Bank and Columbia University Middle East Research Centre (CUMERC) in developing Jordan’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) 2013-2020 .
  • Developing 23 Policy Options Papers (POPs), presenting policy options, policy measures, actions and indicators for a range of key issues linked to poverty reduction in Jordan.
  • Preparing a paper that shows a definition of the working poor concept, calculate a more accurate estimate for the working poor in Jordan, determine the characteristics of this group of poor, and perform a preliminary calculation of the cost of including the working poor in the NAF (National Aid Fund).
  • Revising the working poor and their characteristics paper based on HEIS (House Expenditures and Income Survey) 2010 data which was done by UNESCWA.
  • Constructing a Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) for Jordan using 2006 data which will enable the government in organizing information about the economic and social structure of Jordan
  • Building capacity on using MAMS (Maquette for MDG Simulations) in collaboration between MOPIC, UNDESA and UNDP for strengthening Macroeconomic and Social Policy Coherence through Integrated Macro-Micro Modelling using MAMS approach which is  a dynamic Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model developed to analyse strategies for achieving MDGs country-level, and medium-to-long-run policy analysis.
  • Providing technical assistance to MOPIC and DOS to update the input output tables (IO tables) for Jordan using 2010 data. IO tables are a quantitative economic technique that represents the interdependencies between different branches of the national economy or between branches of different, even competing economies within one year period.
  • Supporting government experts in Jordan to enhance their analytical capacities in using GAMS (General Algebraic Modelling System) for designing coherent macroeconomic and social policies and strategies and reducing vulnerability to volatility in the global economy.
  • Delivering a report on mapping and reviewing the existing government and independent institutions, monitoring systems that are related to information required in the Executive Development Programme, and to establish how these can provide the information that is required in the newly established monitoring system developed for the EDP.
  • Delivering a report on comprehensive revising household income and expenditure survey (HIES) and its methodology including recommendations.
  • Revising the sample of HIES and the sampling methodology and conducting training on the sampling techniques for DOS employees.

Expected outputs

Output 1. Poverty Pockets Survey is analyzed and results are followed-up.

Output 2. Focus is shifted from monetized poverty to “social risk” of vulnerability and exclusion.

Output 3. Social Sector Planning is supported and implementation is monitored.

Output 4. Poverty is alleviated through more effective use of resources and improved social service delivery.

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