Positioning Jordan’s Economy for Strong Growth .

Economic Growth and Trade | Business Enabling Environment | Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development | Empowering Youth
Middle East and North Africa

Jordan Economic Reform Activity (ERA) Task Order 1

Project Dates: November 2021 - November 2026

The USAID funded Economic Reform Activity Task Order 1 fosters Jordan’s economic stability by prioritizing and implementing the government’s reform agenda by empowering the government of Jordan, and partnering with the Jordanian and international private sectors.


Over more than the past decade, Jordan has faced several external shocks that affected its economic growth. The global financial crisis in 2009 slowed economic activity, and regional conflicts disrupted trade routes with key partners, including Turkey and the European Union. Additionally, in 2011, Egypt’s natural gas supplies were interrupted and, most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic brought economic decline around the world. For Jordan to harness the opportunity for growth in a post-pandemic world, the business enabling environment must be well-positioned to grow the Jordanian private sector.

The USAID Economic Reform Activity (ERA) is designed to support the government of Jordan to prioritize, implement, and sustain economic reform, contributing to one of USAID/Jordan’s development objectives: generate inclusive private sector-led growth. The activity focuses on four primary objectives: 1) advancing economic reform; 2) strengthening the business enabling environment; 3) increasing exports and local, regional, and international investment; and 4) responding to emerging priorities that impact the Jordanian economy. To achieve these objectives, ERA provides technical assistance to the government to analyze, consult on, draft, revise, finalize, and/or implement reform, expanding exports and investment through the Jordanian diaspora and proposing sectors for investment promotion, especially with the potential to impact women and youth.

The activity fosters Jordan’s economic stability by prioritizing and implementing the government’s reform agenda by empowering the government of Jordan, partnering with the Jordanian and international private sectors, and coordinating with other donors.

Project Goals


  • Support government of Jordan entities to sustainably manage, communicate, and monitor the economic reform portfolio and implement national strategies.
  •  Implement inclusive reform that encourages private sector growth and investment.
  • Strengthen anchor firms’ ability to meet international buyer demands to advance the country’s goods and services exports.
  • Support the mobilization of new regional and foreign investors to Jordan and engage with public and private sector entities to respond to emerging priorities.
  • Ensure that women and youth play a leading role in the implementation of Jordan’s economic reform agenda.