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A CARE staff member talks with people in Jordon on a permaculture agricultural project.A CARE staff member talks with people in Jordon on a permaculture agricultural project.

CARE is one of the oldest and largest non-religious and non-political international organisations in Jordan, having worked in the country for more than 50 years.

This small, arid country has very limited resources and is one of the most water scarce countries in the world.

There is high unemployment, particularly among women and threats to stability by conflicts in neighbouring countries. More than one million Palestinian refugees live in Jordan, alongside many from Iraq.

CARE’s focuses on fair opportunities for women in the job market, supporting the development of viable civil society organisations to manage natural resources and to assisting those affected by emergencies.

Food and livelihood security

Jordan is the fourth most water scarce country in the world. 91 per cent of Jordan is situated in an arid or semi-arid zone where farming is very precarious.

CARE is running projects promoting permaculture technologies to restore soil fertility to produce crops with less water and no chemical additives.

These small projects have demonstrated clear benefits for rural families.Working through local community groups, farmers are selected to take part and show others the advantages for farming in this way.

Civil society strengthening

All of CARE’s work in Jordan is in partnership with local organisations. This helps us to assist local people find solutions to their problems in ways that best suit them. CARE assists women to become involved in the work of local organisations so that their views are heard.

Womens' Empowerment

Traditional limitations on women’s freedom to work and make decisions within their homes and communities mean they are disproportionately affected by poverty.

CARE has established savings and loans schemes so that women can pool their resources to start businesses and buy essentials.

With CARE's assistance, women’s groups have been set up to provide a forum for the women involved to take action for change in their communities.

CARE is developing a women’s employment agency, to operate as an independent business providing fair opportunities for women in the labour market.


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Where is Jordan?

Map showing the location of Jordan

Jordan: Country facts

Population: 5.4 million
Life expectancy at birth: 71.2 years
Adult literacy rate: 89.9%
Access to improved water source: 97%
Under 5 mortality rate: 23.9 per 1,000 live births
Maternal mortality rate: 41 per 100,000 live births
HIV prevalence: <0.2%

Sources: UN Development Report 2007/2008

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