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Waste management in Jordan – specialist information and project planning trip

Jordan specialist information and project planning trip

Jordan specialist information and project planning trip

As part of the “Municipal know-how for the Middle East” project, an information and project planning trip, supported by the Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW), took place in Jordan between 13 and 20 May 2017 on the topic of waste management. Representatives from four municipal waste management companies were able to gain an impression of the situation in Jordanian municipalities while, at the same time, exchanging ideas with project partners on the opportunities and challenges of waste management.

Along with Lebanon and Turkey, Jordan is one of the most important primary host countries of Syrian refugees. After the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, the population of Jordan rose from almost 7.5 million to 9.5 million. Over 30 per cent of the population of Jordan now comes from abroad; almost half of these are refugees from Syria. The majority of them live near the capital city of Amman in the northern provinces near the Syrian border. In some municipalities, there are now more refugees than Jordanian citizens.
The host municipalities face enormous local challenges, especially in the area of public services. The biggest such problem in Jordan is that of waste management.


Since the project began, Jordanian and German municipal experts have been exchanging views on this topic across multiple practical workshops. Finally in March 2017, representatives from Jordanian municipalities and ministries visited Germany to learn about waste management. During the trip, they visited multiple waste management companies in North Rhine-Westphalia and, together with German experts, began to plan projects that address the specific challenges faced by Jordanian municipalities.


In order to further expedite the professional exchange of the project partners, to continue the planning and to gain an impression of the specific situation and requirements in Jordanian municipalities, the Service Agency organised a specialist information trip to Jordan. Representatives from the municipal waste management companies in Cologne, Borgstedt, Donauwörth and Jena attended.

The week-long information trip was characterised by intensive exchange between the partners, including visits to waste management projects in Jerash, Wassatiya, Kerak and Deir Alla. The numerous personal meetings allowed the specialists from Germany to gain an impression of the challenges faced by the Jordanian partner municipalities and of their approaches to addressing them. The trip was followed closely by the waste management project of the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ).

The specialist information trips also included rural units in which the municipal structure in Jordan and the areas of responsibilities of Jordanian cities and municipalities were highlighted. During a workshop at the end of the week, the project partners came together once more in the capital Amman to work together on the next steps of their projects, which are eligible for financial support through the quick-starter package from SKEW.

More information on the specialist information trip can be found here