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International municipal assistance to Al Za’atari refugee camp and local governments in Al Mafraq Governorate

LOGO Resilience Jordan kleinIntroduction
VNG International and the city of Amsterdam are jointly implementing the Jordan country programme in the context of the ‘Local Government Resilience Programme’ (LOGOReP). LOGOReP’s overall objective is to strengthen resilience at local government level in order to improve living conditions of the local population and refugees in host communities and refugee settlements. Its purpose is to maintain service delivery levels at local government level and enable longer-term planning for spatial and economic development, in the context of increased urbanization and pressure on resources. LOGOReP is implemented in Jordan, Lebanon and in one or more additional countries affected by the Syrian refugee crisis (with the third area’s geographical focus depending on political and security developments).

The programme follows a previous project in Jordan, “International Municipal Assistance to Al Za’atari Refugee Camp and Local Governments in Al Mafraq Governorate”, which aimed to contribute to the improvement of living conditions for the inhabitants of Al Za’atari camp and the Mafraq region through improved planning and operational capacity. This was mainly achieved by helping Jordan’s institutions to provide a favourable (local) governance context to refugees and host communities on the one hand and through putting international municipal expertise at the service of UNHCR and national and local Jordanian authorities to address the challenges of service delivery to refugees in Al Za’atari camp and host communities in the Al Mafraq region on the other. The project provided assistance in areas such as spatial planning, municipal service delivery, local economic development and governance. It enjoyed considerable buy-in from Jordanian authorities and UNHCR, allowing a regional programme to be launched as its follow-up in Lebanon and Jordan as per 1 September 2015.

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Result areas
The Jordan country programme has four components:

  • Local Economic Development and Spatial/Urban Planning;
  • Municipal Services;
  • Governance and Interlinkages;
  • Training Institute.

Expected results to be achieved within these components in the programme implementation period (01/09/2015 – 31/12/2018) include:

  • An integrated spatial development plan for the Al Za’atari refugee camp is developed, which is aligned with UNHCR’s existing planning and which tackles specifically the streamlining and alignment of issues such as water and sanitation (WASH), waste, transport and governance;
  • A front office is operational within Za’atari refugee camp, responsible for identifying current planning and municipal services questions in the camp, linking these issues with the wider network and support team in the Netherlands (back office) and translating ideas or solutions proposed to the practical realities on the ground;
  • Win-win development planning and priority interventions in the Mafraq region are identified, particularly in priority sectors of intervention identified for Al Za’atari camp (water, sanitation, solid waste management, transport and infrastructure) alongside the overarching spatial development model championed Al Za’atari;
  • Quick-win interventions are identified and implemented in both Al Za’atari camp and Mafraq governorate in support of the planning process and to provide technical backstopping with small concrete realisations with high visibility and impact;
  • Local authorities in the Mafraq region (both at governorate and municipal level) are engaged in a participatory Local Economic Development (LED) process which can assist in the mitigation of the burden of the Syrian (refugee) crisis and allow for longer term recovery and development of the region;
  • Advice and coaching is provided in areas related to decentralisation, strengthening municipal organisation and inter-municipal cooperation;
  • Advice is provided on the set up of  a good governance and decentralisation training institute to allow for continuous capacity building support to Jordanian authorities at municipal and governorate level and a central knowledge and expertise centre;
  • New approaches and models related to humanitarian response to conflicts are applied by UNHCR and national and local Jordanian authorities, through incorporation of municipal expertise and know-how into existing response schemes, but also through broader thinking around the role of local authorities in humanitarian response.

Implementing partners and key stakeholders
LOGOReP’s Jordan country programme is implemented by VNG International (lead partner) in cooperation with the Municipality of Amsterdam, CILG-VNGi (Centre for Innovative Local Governance) and the Hague Academy for Local Governance (THA). LOGOReP has an office in Amman and is managed by a local team consisting of a resident advisor and programme coordinator.

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