Since 2000, FHI 360 has collaborated with a diverse network of Jordanian partners to address the country’s health, economic and civil society challenges. With a focus on meeting the needs of Jordan’s underserved populations, we utilize our expertise in social and behavior change and private sector engagement to sustainably improve community health and nutrition and foster long-term economic growth.
FHI 360 leads the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Jordan Community Health and Nutrition activity, which aims to boost maternal, child and family health and nutrition outcomes. Using a systems approach, FHI 360 applies social and behavior change methods to increase the uptake of healthy behaviors among pregnant women and their families, including eating a diverse diet, exclusive breastfeeding, introducing complementary foods, and using modern contraceptive methods to promote family planning. The activity is also establishing a service provision model for social franchises to improve health provider practices and strengthen community-facility linkages. In response to COVID-19, FHI 360 used its community outreach and social marketing expertise to support the Jordanian Ministry of Health’s national TV and radio campaign aimed at promoting behaviors that prevent the spread of the virus, such as masking and social distancing. As a partner on USAID’s Business Growth Activity led by Financial Markets International Inc., FHI 360 advances the economic empowerment of women, young people and people living with disabilities. We create inclusive employment opportunities and strengthen the competitiveness and productivity of small- and medium-sized enterprises.
Our Jordan Local Enterprise Support (LENS) project (2014–2019) worked with local communities to design and implement local, economic development initiatives that strengthened the vitality and competitiveness of micro- and small enterprises and improved the livelihoods of vulnerable populations. By galvanizing engagement between businesses and municipal leaders, LENS facilitated the launch of regulatory reform for home-based businesses. Through this effort, FHI 360 helped 5,000 home-based businesses, most of which were owned by women, obtain permits and complete the formal registration process.
Through the USAID Civic Initiatives Support project (2013–2018) and the USAID Jordan Civil Society Program (2008–2013), FHI 360 expanded and deepened civic engagement in Jordan through targeted, mission-driven grant programs, capacity strengthening, and enhanced engagement between the government and civil society organizations.