In 2006, as part of wider modernisation efforts across the Jordanian public sector, the Ministry of Public Sector Development developed a ‘Code of Conduct’ in the Public Sector.
The objectives of the ‘Code of Conduct', which was approved by the Council of Ministers, include:
- Establishing ethical standards, rules and basic principles for public offices and officials;
- Promoting values and a culture of professionalism among civil service staff,
- Raising awareness of good governance practices as a foundation for government work;
- Directing civil servants towards appropriate careers,
- Strengthening citizens’ confidence in government institutions.
The Joint Learning Study addresses the phenomenon of wasta and its many relatives – including favouritism, cronyism, nepotism and patronage.
Various Jordanian officials stated that these phenomena are rampant in the Jordanian public administration. Fighting wasta to build citizens’ trust in the capacity of the government to deliver public services is a key objective of the Code of Conduct.
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OECD Joint Learning Studies