Assessment of Development Results - Jordan

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This report analyzes the findings, conclusions and recommendations of an independent evaluation of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) contribution to socio-economic and human development in Jordan over the course of two program cycles during 1998-2007. This Assessment of Development Results (ADR) focuses on the strategic positioning of UNDP within the policy environment in Jordan, and assesses whether the UNDP Country Office (CO) has been able to make critical and tangible contributions to development results in the country.



National context and challenges

Jordan is a small country with a total land area of 89,300 square kilometres. Desert and semi-desert areas dominate its topography, and a narrow coastline stretches on the tip of the Red Sea. Only 7.8 percent of the total land is arable, and annual rainfall does not exceed 200 millimetres. Jordan is one of the most water-deficient countries in the world. Water resources are constantly depleted as recharge falls short of annual extraction from aquifers. The country has no proven oil reserves or natural gas, limited deposits of phosphates and potash, and virtually no other natural resources.


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