UNDP Presents Municipal Needs Assessment in Irbid and Mafraq Governorates in support to the Jordanian communities hosting Syrian refugees
During a meeting chaired by HE the Minister of Municipalities Affairs, Eng. Wlid Almasri, and attended by the Country Director of UNDP, Ms. Zena Ali Ahmad, and the Director of the Local Development Directorate at the Ministry of Interior,The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) presented a Municipal Needs Assessment Report, conducted in Mafraq and Irbid Governorates from August to November 2013.
Under the “Mitigating the Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on the vulnerable Jordanian Host Communities" project, UNDP is providing support to those communities heavily affected by the Syrian refugee crisis.
Within the framework of the project, UNDP has completed a survey in 36 municipalities and has held 36 focus group meetings in Irbid and Mafraq. 18 municipality meetings were held in each of the two governorates. The UNDP team met representatives from municipal councils, youth, women’s groups, private sector, communities, and civil society. The assessment was conducted to provide an overview of the current needs of the host communities and municipalities. It focused mainly on Municipal and Government Services and identified most affected sectors and priority interventions, such as: Water, Sanitation and Health, Solid waste management, Education, Electricity, Energy, Housing, Employment.
This report detected growing social tension as a result of the Syrian presence, and increased pressure on municipalities in host communities. It also revealed that reinforced municipal capacity and solid waste management are the top priorities for these targeted municipalities.
Understanding the needs of the affected municipalities will help UNDP devise the right approach to assist local communities to cope with the influx of Syrian refugees, and in the design and implementation of development projects in the targeted areas. Dr. Zena Ali Ahmed, UNDP-Jordan Country Director, notes that “This study comes in line with the goals and objectives of the UNDP programme, mainly represented in the achievement of sustainable human development in Jordan, and poverty alleviation. This initiative also aims at increasing the resilience of Jordanians to cope with the crisis”.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the donor community, NGOs, INGOs, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, UNDP, and other UN agencies.
Ms. Nora Isayan
UN Resident Coordinator's Office