Review of Jordan’s National Social Protection Strategy pillars recommended

Press release | 06 December 2022
The Higher Coordinating Committee (HCC) for Jordan’s National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS 2019-2025), supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and funded by the European Union (EU), has recommended a review of NSPS pillars in line with existing national challenges and global indicators.

At a meeting, chaired by Minister of Social Development, Ayman Al Mufleh, and attended by ILO and UNICEF representatives, the HCC also advised that NSPS outcome indicators be aligned with international indicators as well as national sustainable development and vision.

The strategy is organised around three pillars: (1) opportunities for families to be economically self-sufficient through labour market; (2) empowerment of Jordanians through education, health care and social services helping people remain integrated within their families and communities; and (3) social assistance enabling the poor to maintain a basic level of consumption with dignity.

The meeting examined strategy priorities and progress, including the institutionalisation/ incorporation of NSPS Implementation Support Unit (ISU) within the organisational structure of the Minister of Social Development (MoSD). It discussed mechanisms for drafting periodic and special social protection reports in collaboration with other ministries and organisations taking part in NSPS implementation. The participants reviewed a bi-annual NSPS progress report for 2022.

Through the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian crisis (EU Madad Fund), the EU is working in partnership with the ILO and UNICEF to support access to an inclusive national social protection system and decent job opportunities for both vulnerable Jordanians and Syrian refugees.

The ILO-UNICEF partnership aims to facilitate the transition from cash assistance to dignified livelihoods opportunities through a holistic approach of interventions, which includes skills development and counselling for sustainable employment within decent work principles. It embeds joint commitments to enhance coordination, integrated planning and monitoring of government efforts in social protection and employment within the scope of the NSPS.