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Jordan is a Newton Fund partner country. The Newton-Khalidi Fund was established in 2017. It was named after Dr Usama Al-Khalidi, a prominent Arab scientist who dedicated his life to teaching generations of scientists and medical students across the Arab world and promoted science and innovation for sustainable development.

Jordan is a small, almost landlocked country boasting a rich cultural heritage but few natural resources. The country has significantly expanded access to quality water, education, and health services but it still faces several development challenges. Less than a fifth of women participate in the workforce and youth unemployment is high. Regional crises have led to a huge number of refugees entering the country, which already has a rapidly growing population, placing strain on the country’s limited resources (USAID, 2019).

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Priorities for Jordan

These are mutually identified priorities between the UK and Jordan. Priorities may not cover everything we currently fund and may evolve over time to ensure they continue to meet our shared objectives.
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Agriculture and food production
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Cultural heritage
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Cross-cutting digitisation
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Energy-water-food nexus
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Contact the Jordan team

If you are interested in learning more about Newton-Khalidi Fund please get in touch with our local team.

Muna D Zaqsaw

Newton-Khalidi Fund Manager

Alaa Al-Zaghoul

Newton-Khalidi Fund Coordinator 

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Jordan is a small, almost landlocked country boasting a rich cultural heritage but few natural resources. The country has significantly expanded access to quality water, education, and health services but it still faces several development challenges. Less than a fifth of women participate in the workforce and youth unemployment is high. Regional crises have led to a huge number of refugees entering the country, which already has a rapidly growing population, placing strain on the country’s limited resources (USAID, 2019)
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