Towards a New Partnership with Citizens

Jordan's Decentralisation Reform

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This assessment provides an evidence-based analysis of the ongoing decentralisation reforms in Jordan from the perspective of the principles and practices of open government. It covers topics such as enhancing the role of the centre of government in driving reform, enabling effective public service delivery at the local level, and the potential and expected impact of the country’s decentralisation reforms on Jordan’s open government agenda.



Foreword and acknowledgements

As part of its efforts to promote better public governance and state modernisation, Jordan has embarked on an ambitious decentralisation reform agenda to address the social and economic challenges rooted in its highly centralised political and administrative system. Two laws approved in 2015, one focusing on governorates and one on municipalities, provide the key foundations of this process. Together, these laws create elected governorate and local councils that are designed to foster a bottom-up approach to national planning and socio-economic development.


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