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October 03, 2016
While the results of Jordan’s September 20, 2016 parliamentary elections are unlikely to have a major impact throughout the greater Middle East, the outcome could impact Jordan’s political future in significant ways by virtue of an increased presence of women and Islamists in parliament and the... Read More
September 21, 2016
In early September, IRI brought Syrian refugees together with their new Jordanian hosts to build community and share common experiences as well as mutual challenges. Mafraq is one of Jordan’s biggest counties making up the entire northeast arm of the country. It shares borders with Syria, Iraq,... Read More
September 15, 2016
As long-term election observers (LTOs) for IRI and NDI’s joint mission to monitor Jordan’s September 20 parliamentary elections, my partner Dina Sadek and I have covered a lot of miles in the past five weeks conducting ongoing field visits to five governorates and two Bedouin districts in the... Read More
September 12, 2016
While all eyes in the U.S. are focused on the presidential election in November, the Kingdom of Jordan is set to hold parliamentary elections on September 20, 2016. Jordan’s King Abdullah II dissolved parliament shortly before the end of its four-year term in May, necessitating elections within... Read More
September 06, 2016
For years, IRI has successfully encouraged Jordanian municipalities to hold town hall meetings in order to hear directly from city residents about their priorities and concerns. These meetings have proven beneficial to local officials and citizens alike, and have become a hallmark of IRI’s local... Read More
August 07, 2016
While being a city councilmember in the Netherlands might seem like it does not have much in common with being a Jordanian parliamentarian, the campaign strategies behind running for any elected office rely on common principles - real people with real issues with real solutions.  This was the... Read More
July 08, 2016
When asked to rank which local issues should top their municipality’s list of priorities, Jordanians consistently list “city cleanliness” near the very top. There are many reasons why cities have problems with litter, and most are difficult and costly to tackle. These reasons include: an... Read More
June 07, 2016
In Greater Jerash municipality, a public park named Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar Park had fallen into disuse over the years. Many citizens thought that the park could still serve its purpose of benefitting the community after some rehabilitation work, and wondered how they could make this happen. When... Read More
June 07, 2016
Beginning in January, IRI has partnered with seven Jordanian municipalities to improve street lighting. The impetus was twofold: First, the project responds to citizen surveys collected using a mobile app IRI developed called Baldytak, meaning “Your Municipality.” Thirty-five percent of citizens... Read More
April 03, 2016
Good governance work takes many shapes. When I tell my friends what I do and describe good governance, I use the definition “government institutions managing public resources and making sure it is done with citizens input.” Depending on where you are, this can look very different. For example,... Read More