Legal Empowerment of the Poor


This project aims at upgrading skills of practitioners and policy makers to analyse and diagnose the obstacles to improving the lives of those in the informal economy and develop solutions.

What have we accomplished so far

  • Conducting analysis for household survey on employment and a panoramic study of the informal sector in Jordan

Expected outputs

  • Developing a consultative panoramic Analysis on informal economy in Jordan
  • Establishing a quantitative database capturing the estimating size of the informal economy
  • Establishing a qualitative, gender-sensitive and youth-sensitive  understanding of informality
  • Conducting  nation-wide Policy Dialogues
  • Developing downstream policy interventions based on the findings

Who Finances it?

Donor Name Amount contributed
UNDP Democratic Governance Thematic Trust Fund 200,000 USD
Government of Jordan 116,500 USD

Delivery in previous fiscal year

Year Delivery per year
2011 35,422 USD
2012 89,095 USD
Project start date:
1 August 2011
Estimated end date:
31 March 2013
Focus Ares:
Responsible Party:
Economic and Social Council
Implementing Partner:
Ministry of Planning anInternational Cooperation
Project Budget:
316,500 USD
Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC)

The informal sector is defined as a part of the economy that results in the production of legal goods and/or services (legally tradable and non-criminal), however, the enterprise in which it is produced is not registered, and does not pay taxes. It could also be an enterprise in which goods are being produced legally (registered, paying taxes) but does not provide social benefits for employees and/or owners.‛ Al-Budirate, A. 2008.