Jordan

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Jordan

Introduction
WFD has been working in Jordan since 2012, when we helped establish the first ever parliamentary Legislative Studies and Research Centre (LSRC).

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 and recovery from Covid-19. 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, there is still more to be done to modernise parliamentary practices, promote pluralism, and facilitate dialogue between elected representatives and the wider population.

Our programmes

Strengthening legislative and financial oversight in the Jordanian parliament ( 2021 - 2022)

Background

Programme objectives

In recent years, the Jordanian HoR has taken steps to improve its legislative and oversight functions. Under the EU-JDID programme, Jordanian Members of Parliament (MPs) and staff acquired new skills, competencies and tools to deliver the democratic functions of parliament more effectively. As a result, cooperation between parliament and government improved, contributing to better scrutiny of legislation in both pre- and post- stages. Despite these areas of progress, the parliament still prioritises its legislative role, whilst oversight and representative functions lag behind. WFD-led research shows that the presence of women in decision-making positions in parliaments is linked to the body’s ability to function in a more inclusive manner

To contribute to more robust and gender-sensitive scrutiny of government performance in Jordan by supporting the Jordanian House of Representatives (HoR) to play its legislative and oversight role more effectively, ensuring gender mainstreaming and civil society engagement.

 

Status
Underway
9
Planned end date
Helping combat violence against women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

From 2012, WFD’s support to women MPs across the Middle East and North Africa has focused on effective leadership and encouraging women MPs to use their political influence for legislative change that eradicates discrimination towards women and girls in the region.

Our programme works to help women parliamentarians across the region to become more effective advocates for the rights of women and girls through increased public debate, the development of effective legislation, improved parliamentary oversight, and stronger political leadership on a regional and national level.

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Status
Underway
8

Completed programmes

EU Support to Jordanian Democratic Institutions and Development 

EU-JDID was a multi-annual programme funded by the European Union. The programme supported Jordan with its political reform process, including the promotion of inclusive policy and decision-making processes. 

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. 

Status
Completed
10
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. 

Status
Completed
10
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. 

Status
Completed
10

Key Results

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

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