A group of Syrian refugee children in Jordan.


The ongoing influx of refugees is putting Jordan’s economy and infrastructure under increased pressure.

Since the start of the Syrian War in 2011, more than 655,000 Syrians have officially registered as refugees in Jordan.

It’s believed many more have also sought refuge here, putting a huge strain on the Jordanian economy and its infrastructure. With 83% of displaced people living outside refugee camps, Action Against Hunger’s teams are working to give refugees access to livelihoods and also offering support to host communities.

Country facts

  • 10m

    The country has a population of 10 million people.

  • 102

    Jordan is 102nd out of 189 countries in the Human Development Index.

  • 745,500

    There are 745,000 refugees officially registered in Jordan.

Action Against Hunger’s work in Jordan

Our team in Jordan focuses on three key areas for both refugee and host communities:

  • food security and livelihoods
  • water, sanitation and hygiene
  • mental health support

By strengthening the institutional capacity of local and national partners, we aim to help increase the resilience of both vulnerable Syrian refugees and local Jordanians.

Action Against Hunger is recognised as the major player in the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector, and we’re also contributing our expertise to mental health and child care practices. We have also established “Cash for Work” and waste management programs to improve livelihoods.

Action Against Hunger’s response to Covid-19 in Jordan

To help stop the spread of coronavirus, our teams have been distributing hygiene and cleaning kits in Azraq refugee camp (currently home to 35,000 people) and to informal settlements in Irbid, Mafraq and Zarqa governorates.

As part of our response, we’ve also been providing awareness raising phone calls and remote mental health support services.

Our reach

  • 89,268

    We helped almost 90,000 people in Jordan through our programmes in 2019.

  • 113

    We have 113 staff based in Irbid, Azraq and Madaba.

  • 2013

    We started working in Jordan in 2013.

Zubaida, a Syrian refugee living in Jordan.

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A Syrian refugee girl in Lebanon.

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Occupied Palestinian Territory

Girls sat on a donkey at an Action Against Hunger project in Occupied Palestinian Territory.

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Syrian refugee children.

The ongoing conflict has shattered the country’s infrastructures, forcing millions to leave their homes.