Poverty Reduction


Jordan is a middle-income country, with an economic situation featured by several challenges; ongoing deficit in the public budget, high inflation and low economic participation rate in addition to the scarcity and shortage of natural resources. As a result, the progress of the economic growth is sometimes receded, and social welfare of people is hardly maintained. All these aspects played a role in increasing the poverty rate from 13.3% in 2008 to 14.4% in 2010. Handling Jordan’s socio-economic challenges requires a well-rounded joint effort and support. More

Our Goals

UNDP works with national and international partners in order to contribute to the eradication of extreme poverty and supporting youth. more

Supporting the poor

Providing support poor communities to achieve self-sufficiencemore

Our Stories

UNDP Emergency Employment takes YS away from Addiction
YS is one of the beneficiaries whose life was changed dramatically by the emergency employment project (3X6 approach).

UNDP Emergency Employment takes YS away from Addiction

Not too long ago sobriety was completely a foreign concept to YS- the 38 years old man and father of three in one of Mafraq’s municipalities.more 

Vocational training
Ahmad, during the practical training in Jordan Photo courtesy: UNDP Jordan

UNDP managed to support young people to be enrolled in the labor market

“Since I was a kid; I had a passion towards etiquette and hospitality but never got the chance to learn about it” Said Ahmad, 24 years.more 

Tomorrow's hope, today's youth

Reem Khaza'ila is a 24 years old student from Mafraq Governorate in northern Jordan, where poverty rate and high unemployment deprive young people of the opportunitymore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Mitigating the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on Jordanian vulnerable host communities

    UNDP is providing technical assistance to develop definitions and measurement tools to respond to the challenges of poverty in the Kingdom as a multidimensional phenomenon. In this project UNDP is providing direct support to the National Agenda (2006 – 2015) particularly on social welfare theme. more 

  • Food and nutrition security in Jordan

    Towards enhancing food security and nutrition in Jordan as a main pillar for poverty alleviation, UNDP has led a Joint UN Program to provide credible, coherent assistance to the government at the national and local levels through supporting coordinated national food security response, increasing sustainable food production for small-holder farmers and improving nutrition interventions and safety nets.more 

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