WB offers $8.8-mln grant to support refugee-host communities in Jordan

Amman, The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation and the World Bank virtually signed yesterday a US$8.8 million grant agreement to support Jordanian municipalities affected by the influx of Syrian refugees to scale-up their delivery of services and employment opportunities to Jordanians and Syrians.

The grant will also contribute to offset the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the delivery of municipal services in Jordan, according to a statement by the ministry.

Jordan is currently hosting nearly 1.3 million Syrian refugees, more than 80 percent of whom live in host communities. This has significantly strained the country’s systems and added pressure on basic service delivery in water, sanitation, electricity, solid waste management, health and education. T

This new grant represents the third additional financing to the Municipal Services and Social Resilience Project, initially launched in October 2013 as an emergency operation to help Jordanian municipalities address the immediate service delivery impact of refugee influx and strengthen municipal capacity to support local economic development.

The project then received two additional financing allocations in December 2016 and December 2017, and its scope was revised to include the delivery of services and employment opportunities for Jordanians and Syrian refugees. The cumulative contributions under this project since 2013 amounted to over US$102 million.

“Municipalities have an important role to play, not only in delivering services to host communities and refugees but also in building resilience at the local level,” said Saroj Kumar Jha, World Bank Mashreq Regional Director. “With the support of the international community, Jordan has demonstrated a commendable resolve and ability to address the strain of the refugee crisis by providing immediate emergency humanitarian assistance and then shifting to building the medium-term resilience of communities with a stronger focus on institutional and systems development.”

The Municipal Services and Social Resilience Project is estimated to have benefited over two million people directly or indirectly – of whom 15 percent are Syrian refugees – by providing block grants to municipalities in two cycles spanning 18 months each. In the first cycle, 41 sub-projects were selected through extensive community consultations in 21 municipalities, 31 of which have been completed.

These sub-projects support critical community priorities in service delivery and local economic development, including parks, playgrounds, public and green spaces, street pavements, solid waste management, drainage and flood protection systems, street lights, solar farms, and the provision of equipment for solid waste and other services.

 

Source: Jordan News Agency

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