Towards a New Partnership with Citizens: Jordan’s Decentralisation Reform


A clear roadmap for implementing the new legal frameworkA bottom-up approach to identifying service needs and policy prioritiesFostering a culture of open, participatory, transparent and accountable governance across all levels of governmentCreating momentum for reform among public officials, CSOs, and citizensAssessment and recommendationsThe role of the centre of government in driving decentralisation reform in JordanEnablers for an effective and efficient public service delivery at the local level in JordanReinforcing institutional arrangements to deliver effective decentralised governanceStrategic planningPromoting Inter-institutional dialogueOpenness and participation in Jordan: The expected impact of decentralisation reformTurning commitments into results: The process towards a culture of open and inclusive governanceAccess to informationFreedom of the media and freedom of expressionBudget transparencyLegal status and operational freedom of civil societyElection LawOpen government in practice: Enhancing current practices across the different levels of governmentLeverage the decentralisation reform to foster open government and genuine citizen participation at the local levelTowards a culture of open and democratic local governance in Jordan: Living diverse forms of democracyContextualising decentralisation reform and open government in JordanIntroductionA new momentum for democratic reformAchieving economic resilience and a more balanced developmentA young, diverse and dispersed populationThe political and administrative context: Jordan’s government systemStrong powers vested in the King and a limited policy-making role for the parliamentAdministrative organisation and challenges: The rationale for reformThe 2015 laws: A new legal framework for decentralisation and/or citizen engagementJordan 2025: Placing citizens at the heart of the development processStructure of the strategic assessmentNotesReferencesThe role of the centre of government in driving decentralisation reform in JordanDecentralisation and governance in JordanA small country with great regional disparitiesDecentralisation reform in JordanDefining decentralisationAdvantages and cost limitations of decentralisationA historical overview of the decentralisation process in JordanThe decentralisation and municipalities Laws: A centralised system also at the subnational levelThe new role of the governoratesThe municipalities in the reformCentre of government in JordanCentre of government in Jordan: The institutional set-upNational Decentralisation CommitteeThe role of ParliamentAssessment and recommendationsPolandGermanyNotesReferencesEnablers for an effective and efficient public service delivery at the local level in Jordan: Overview of good practiceThe framework for service delivery at the subnational level: The key role of Local Development UnitsReinforcing a subnational administrative and financing structure to ensure sustainable public services in JordanThe potential of Local Development Units as a cornerstone for local development in JordanGovernorate Local Development Unit (GLDUs)Municipal Local Development Units (MLDUs)The Fiscal DimensionStrategic planningCanadaRoles and responsibilitiesMinisterial linkagesOversight and managementInstrumentsPerformance monitoringPromoting inter-institutional dialogueMulti-level governanceHorizontal co-ordinating mechanismsThe relationship between the governorate and the municipal councilsInter-municipal co-operationBuilding local capacities and human resource management at the subnational levelAssessment and recommendationsStrategic planningPromoting inter-institutional dialogueCapacity building and human resource management at the subnational levelNotesReferencesOpenness and participation in Jordan: The expected impact of decentralisation reformDefining open government at the central and local levelImprove the state of play for open government in JordanTurning commitments into results: The process towards a culture of open and inclusive governanceAccess to informationFreedom of media and freedom of expressionThe need for a broad alliance of watchdogs over central and local political affairsBudget transparencyLegal status and operational freedom of civil societyElection lawTowards clear rules for consulting, engaging and receiving feedback from citizensInformal channels to inform citizens about engagement opportunities prevailCSOs and citizens seek interaction with central and local decision-making centresVulnerable groups require specific attention: The example of youth engagementClosing the feedback loop: Public information and evaluation activities are scarceLeverage decentralisation reform to foster open government and genuine citizen participation at the local levelTowards a culture of open and democratic local governance in Jordan: Living diverse forms of democracyThe 2017 local elections: A test for representative democracyConsultation, active participation and evaluation beyond election dayNew partnerships between local authorities and community membersParis, FranceAssessment and recommendationsAccess to informationFreedom of the media and freedom of expressionBudget transparencyLegal status and operational freedom of civil societyElection LawThe 2017 local elections: A test for representative democracyConsultation, active participation and evaluation beyond election dayNotesReferences
 
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