EU aid: $52.1M for Jordan's political reform

EU Council President Jose Manuel Barroso during his visit to Jordan. Photo by: European Union

On his latest visit to Jordan, EU Council President Jose Manuel Barroso announced the bloc’s latest support for political reform in the Arab nation and for the education of Syrian children refugees.

The European Union will provide €40 million ($52.1 million) in general budgetary support under a financing agreement signed Saturday (Oct. 7). This, according to Europe Online, will be followed by a €28 million grant by the end of October.

Part of the announced assistance will go toward helping Jordan deal with the economic and social costs brought about by housing Syrian refugees. This agreement brings the bloc’s total support for Jordan’s assistance to Syrian refugees to €16.8 million, Barroso said in a statement.

The agreement is under the European Union’s Good Governance and Development Contract, part of the Western bloc’s new approach to budget support that the council endorsed in May. Under the contract, EU support is aimed at public sector reform and financial management. The money is also expected to strengthen human rights, democracy and rule of law in Jordan  in line with the bloc’s agenda for change development policy.

Barroso also announced a new aid package for the education of Syrian refugees and the children of host communities in Jordan during a visit to a newly opened camp school in Za’atari. The money  €4.6 million will provide for teacher training and salaries, school fees and supplies, psychosocial support and other costs covering school years 2011-2013.

The money will be coursed through UNICEF.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.