Shamil: Technical Assistance for Comprehensive Social Protection


The Shamil technical assistance facility is a core component of the United Kingdom’s £95 million, five-year‑ programme Strengthening Societal and Economic Resilience in Jordan (SSERJ). The goal of the SSERJ programme is to support the Government of Jordan to build a comprehensive and sustainable social protection system, protecting people from shocks, based on a strengthened social contract. SSERJ consists of the following components:

    • Technical assistance to strengthen the social protection system

    • Financial assistance to pilot new social assistance and/or social insurance schemes

    • Financial assistance for vulnerable refugees and research to promote refugee economic inclusion and self-reliance

    • Technical assistance for monitoring, evaluation and lesson learning.

Shamil is a four-year project that runs from 2023-2027 and aims to support the government of Jordan to build a national social protection system that ensures access to social security for everyone, across the lifecycle. The project will promote greater gender equality, women’s empowerment, and the inclusion of persons with disabilities and other at-risk groups within the national social protection system and more broadly across society.


Shamil adopts a flexible, demand-driven and partner led approach to supporting social protection system strengthening by closely collaborating with key stakeholders in Jordan’s social protection space, including government, non-government and development partners. Shamil will work with key government partners to identify and address needs and priorities for system strengthening. Shamil will also foster collaboration with the other key technical assistance providers and development partners working in the social protection sector to ensure synergy, complementarity and greater effectiveness of results.


Shamil supports the Government of Jordan across all aspects of social protection, including analysis of the challenges Jordan faces that can be addressed by social protection; policy development; evidence generation; and strengthening the design and effectiveness of social protection schemes.


Shamil is being implemented by Development Pathways, in partnership with Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) and MMIS Management Consultants.


Press and Media

الأردن يطلق مشروع"شامل" لتعزيز الحماية الاجتماعية بدعم من المملكة المتحدة


Amman: Shamil Launch Press release


ARDD: Under the sponsorship of His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal the Shamil project “Moving Forward with a Shared Agenda for Social Protection” was launched on Wednesday, 6 March 2024.


Jordan Times: Under the patronage of HRH Prince Hassan, the Shamil project was launched on Wednesday under the theme: “Moving forward with a joint agenda for social protection”.


We officially launch Shamil on 6 March 2024!


Minister of Social Development: We are working on a review of what has been accomplished in the national strategy for social protection to update it.


We had an impactful seminar series at the Dead Sea on Dec 1-2, exploring multi-tiered social protection in #Jordan!



Brief 2: Multi-tiered, comprehensive, social security systems: a brief description

In our second briefing paper, Stephen Kidd discusses the evolution of multi-tiered social security systems to manage lifecycle risks, alleviate poverty, and support economic growth. Many middle-income countries still use...

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Shamil Description – English

Shamil: Technical Assistance for Inclusive Social Protection The Shamil technical assistance facility is a core component of the United Kingdom’s £95 million, five-year- programme Strengthening Societal and Economic Resilience in...

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Shamil Description – Arabic

يعد شامل مكون المساعدة الفنية لتعزيز نظم الحماية الاجتماعية جزءاً أساسياً ضمن برنامج “مشروع تعزيز المرونة المجتمعية والاقتصادية في الأردن” الذي ينفذ خلال خمس سنوات، والممول بمنحة قيمتها 95 مليون...

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Brief 1: Definition of Social Protection – English

Globally, the meaning of social protection is highly contested, with many institutions and countries defining it differently. The definition of social protection used by Shamil outlines both the aim of...

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Brief 1: Definition of Social Protection – Arabic

 .ما من توافق على تعريف الحماية الاجتماعية حول العالم، إذ تعتمد كلّ دولة وكلّ مؤسّسة تعريفها الخاص. يحدّد تعريف الحماية الاجتماعية المُعتمَد في مشروع “شَامِل” الهدف الأساسية منها، كما يشمل...

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Our Team


Translator and Interpreter


Operations and Risk Management Specialist


Project Manager


DP Representative to Jordan | Senior Regional Programme Manager


Senior Social Protection Specialist


Senior Social Protection Advisor


Shamil Team Leader