To strengthen capacities for local economic development in Jordan, The Hague Academy for Local Governance will implement nine training courses for staff of the Ministry of Interior and the Local Development Units in the 12 Governorates of Jordan. Throughout 2016, participants will be trained in Decentralisation & Public Administration, Local Economic Development and Urban & Regional Planning.
The training programme, which is funded by the European Commission, is related to the strategy of the Jordanian government to create employment and income-generating opportunities. In recent years, Jordan has realised considerable economic reforms leading to increased economic development.
Initially, the government adopted a sectoral approach to private sector development, focusing on large investment projects in sectors such as tourism, agro-industry and pharmaceuticals, and financial incentives to attract activity. More recently, a more territorial and inclusive approach to development was adopted, supporting local economic development (LED) and job creation by focusing on the development of micro, small and medium enterprises. The project helps government staff at different levels strengthen their knowledge and skills to stimulate this type of economic development.