Jordan’s economy revived following the economic crisis of the late 1980s and the effects of the 1990 Gulf War. However economic growth has been slow, particularly due to imposed sanctions on trading through the West Bank and Gaza. Unlike many of the states in the region, Jordan has no oil of its own and few natural resources. Its economic fortunes have been undermined by instability within the region making it heavily dependent on aid.
Water scarcity in Jordan is by far the most serious environmental challenge facing the country. The problem is attributed to limited water resources, reduced water quality due to pollution, over pumping of groundwater and inefficient infrastructure. Population increases due to natural growth, as well as the influx of refugees during periods of regional political unrest, have compounded these problems.
In the last couple of years, Muslim Aid’s focus in the Middle East has strengthened. Due to the increasing instability in the region, Muslim Aid has set up a base in Jordan to support the large numbers of refugee families fleeing Iraq.
The Muslim Aid office in Jordan was officially registered in 2010 and since then, has been working with those in need, including refugees from Iraq and Palestine who have lived under severe conditions.
Muslim Aid Jordan played a vital role in linking Iraq's field office to UN agencies and International NGOs, through which they were then able to grant institutional funding.
Muslim Aid Jordan office is responding to the current crisis in Syria by running two health clinics around the Jordanian-Syrian borders of Almafraq and Alramtha, for the Syrian families who have fled their country.