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WFD is currently an implementing partner in EU Support to Jordanian Democratic Institutions and Development (EU-JDID), a multi-annual programme funded by the European Union. The programme supports Jordan with its political reform process, including the promotion of inclusive policy and decision-making processes.

2012 – year of first WFD programme

Despite regional security crises and a troubled economy, Jordan has remained largely stable as efforts are ongoing to build the country’s resilience through difficult times of austerity. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is formally a constitutional Monarchy, with a bicameral Parliament. Although progress has been made towards parliamentary democracy and increased decentralisation in line with the King’s position papers, there is still more to be done to modernise parliamentary practices, promote pluralism, and facilitate dialogue between elected representatives and the wider population.

EU Support to Jordanian Democratic Institutions and Development

With a focus on engaging more women and young people, the EU Support to Jordanian Democratic Institutions and Development (EU-JDID) programme works at the parliamentary and political party level, as well as engaging civil society organisations and a credible electoral process. The consortium is led by the European Centre for Electoral Support and implemented in partnership with the European Partnership for Democracy, the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy and the French Agency for Media Cooperation.

WFD is working to upgrade the IT infrastructure of Parliament to make it the most advanced in the region, to develop the capacity of research staff and committees, support the parliamentary blocs system, support outreach and engagement particularly of women and youth and to develop human resources structures and capacity. In implementing this programme, WFD has drawn on regional and international expertise including secondments from the Dutch and Westminster Parliaments, a mechanism that allows for longer term mentoring, experience sharing, and bi-lateral peer relationships.

Establishing a parliamentary Research Centre

Active in Jordan from 2012, WFD helped establish the first ever parliamentary Legislative Studies and Research Centre (LSRC), supported closely by libraries in the UK House of Commons and the devolved assemblies. Fully operational since June 2014, the Jordanian Parliament’s research centre provides an essential service for Jordanian MPs in conducting their legislative and oversight roles. WFD continues to provide ongoing technical and strategical support to the LSRC as part of the EUJDID programme through training workshops, sharing of best practice, and on the job mentoring provided through a secondment with the UK House of Commons Library.

Preparing newly elected legislators for their role

WFD implemented the first ever induction programme for MPs in 2016, as well as collaborating on the implementation of induction programmes for the 18th Parliament in 2017.

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Key Results

Supported the establishment of the first ever Parliamentary Research Centre in the House of Representatives


EU support to Jordanian democratic institutions
Planned end: March 2021


Expert to deliver technical assistance for the financial committee – strengthening legislative and financial oversight in the Jordanian Parliament

About WFD  Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is the UK’s leading democracy support organisation, working in partnership with parliaments, political parties, and civil society organisations (CSOs) around the world to create more inclusive, accountable, and transparent democratic systems.  WFD strengthens the capacity of these key democratic institutions, helping ensure they have the structures, systems, knowledge, and skills to perform effectively. WFD also fosters […]

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