At the invitation of Jordan’s Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC), a team of academics from Columbia's Earth Institute visited Jordan for a research mission in June 2010 to assess national poverty alleviation programs. The visit enabled the team to support Jordanian government officials in reforming the country’s anti-poverty interventions in both urban and rural environments.
The project involved particular focus on an area of Jordan where poverty levels exceed 40%, compared to the national average of 14%. The EI team has experience with introducing sustainable development practices in such contexts, based on years of work with the Millenium Villages Project (MVP) in Africa. MVP specializes in helping communities learn better agricultural techniques and creating economic alternatives that are more efficient from an environmental and resource-consumption standpoint.