A peaceful oasis in the crisis region
While its neighbours Iraq and Syria are descending into chaos and war, violence in Lebanon is on the rise and the effects of the Gaza War are lingering on, Jordan seems almost like a peaceful oasis. For many years, the Kingdom of Jordan has prevented the varied crisis from spilling over. And King Abdullah II has managed to do this without billions of dollars in oil money or a large army. On the other hand, his country is facing enormous problems. The Islamic State (IS) terror organisation has advanced to the Jordanian border in Iraq and the country is reinforcing its troops in the region in response. 600,000 Syrian refugees live in Jordanian communities or camps, which poses an enormous challenge for the country. One of Jordan's main problems - preserving its completely overexploited water resources – has intensified as a result of the refugee influx. German Development Cooperation with Jordan focuses on the drinking water supply, the construction of water pipes and sewage treatment plants and waste disposal. Aid for Syrian refugees in communities and camps was added in 2012.