The Country Office priorities are geared towards the specific areas of support listed in the CPD:
Social/Economic, Goal 1. UNDP will continue to support improved measurement and monitoring of poverty. This will include supporting a move away from the current household expenditure and income methodology for measuring poverty towards a multi-dimensional methodology which addresses poverty and vulnerabilities.
It will also target the governorates’ poor, rural and urban communities and strengthen their knowledge and skills to improve people’s livelihoods, especially those of women. The work of community based organizations to improve the targeted governorates’ capacities will be assessed, and capacity gaps will be addressed. The local business environment will be strengthened to promote public, private and development-partners’ investments.
Governance, Goal 8. UNDP will support strengthening intra-governmental institutions (horizontal accountability), government-donor aid-effectiveness mechanisms (mutual accountability), and people-state interaction mechanisms (vertical accountability). UNDP will continue to support the an Independent Electoral Commission and promote national gender-sensitive civic engagement in elections. Vertical accountability mechanisms will be established to promote the participation of people, women and youth in particular, in lawmaking and other governmental activities and in evaluations of key government programmes. Young people’s and women’s political participation will be strengthened by establishing many mechanisms, including online and offline interactive forums, such as governance games and debate clubs.
Environment, Goal 7. The country programme will assist the country in its transition to an energy-efficient, low-carbon economy and in its adoption of clean energy technologies. The support will include a national mitigation action plan (NAMA) and a plan for the phased introduction of low-emission technologies.
These plans will take into consideration socio-economic aspects, seeking to improve the livelihoods of poor people. Efforts will be made to strengthen the country’s climate-change adaptation capabilities so as to reduce potential negative impacts of climate change and to build climate-resilient communities.
Disaster Risk Reduction. UNDP will support making the construction of new buildings more resilient and making urban planning more risk adverse and transparent in three key cities: Aqaba, Petra and Irbid. Support will include multi-hazard risk assessments, including as regards extreme climate events (e.g. flash floods) and the integration of the findings into land-use planning.
Aid Coordination and Effectiveness. UNDP will support the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation to develop a joint Government/donor strategic framework for aid effectiveness and support the implementation of this framework so as to encourage more linked support from donors and greater accountability from the Government.