14 Aug 2018
JUST and UNICEF Jordan sign agreement; establish the basis for addressing WASH challenges through innovation

​​JUST, Jordan (AUGUST 14, 2018)— Jordan University for Science and Technology (JUST) and UNICEF Jordan today signed a five-year agreement, establishing the basis for joint collaboration to address key challenges in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in Jordan through innovative approaches, technologies and designs.

As per the agreement signed by JUST President Dr. Sa’eb Khreisat and UNICEF Jordan Deputy Representative Ettie Higgins, UNICEF will support the establishment of a “WASH Innovation Hub” incubator in the Ramtha-based University that will be open for the use and support of all students to serve as a laboratory for the design of innovative solutions to Jordan’s water and wastewater challenges.

As Jordan is one of the most water scarce countries in the world and is facing increasing challenges to provide sustainable access to clean water and sanitation services to its population, the development, design and scaling-up of innovative technologies is increasingly critical .

UNICEF supports the Government of Jordan and local and international partners in the Water Sanitation and Hygiene sector at three different levels – Lead Agency in the Humanitarian WASH sector, ensuring access to safe water and sanitation facilities and services in refugee camps and in host communities, and supporting the Government’s capacity to prioritize, plan, implement and monitor strategic interventions. While Jordan reached almost universal coverage rates for improved water (at 98.6%) and sanitation (97.9%) facilities, the rates of access to safely managed water and sanitation, dramatically reduced to 93.3% and 77.3%, respectively.

The key focus areas of the agreement signed today with JUST is to establish the basis of cooperation between the two institutions and co-design and implement innovative projects and comprehensive studies to ensure sustainable, appropriate and scalable solutions to address the key challenges in the Jordanian water, sanitation and hygiene sector in the Kingdom.