Vision, Scenario Building, and Action Plan for Al-Afrah Neighbourhood
In a country that has welcomed approximately 4 million refugees due to instability in the region, migration is profoundly associated with the history of Jordan, playing a key role in shaping the country’s political, economic, social, and urban characteristics. The Urban Planning and Infrastructure in Migration Contexts (UPIMC) programme recognizes the need to support municipalities with long-term strategic approaches in connecting migration and displacement affected neighbourhoods with access to public services through financeable infrastructure investments.
This report builds on the developed Irbid Spatial Profile, in which Al-Afrah neighbourhood in Al-Sareeh District was selected as the pilot neighbourhood for the development of a strategic vision and scenarios, the outlining of an action plan for achieving this vision, and the identification of needed projects including infrastructure investments, which aim to improve the quality of life of refugees and host communities living in one of the most affected neighbourhoods in Irbid City following the influx of refugees.
A strategic vision and scenarios were developed for the neighbourhood, through a participatory approach that engaged the local community and relevant stakeholders and based on the spatial analysis and evidence. The optimal scenario developed provides the rationale and evidence in identifying projects needed within the neighbourhood that are both financially viable, and aid in building inclusive, resilient neighbourhoods. Accordingly, this report provides a blueprint for achieving the formulated vision for Al-Afrah neighbourhood by 2037, through the developed optimal scenario. The optimal scenario was translated into an action plan to provide an overarching framework that guides the Greater Irbid Municipality (GIM) and the key stakeholders to ensure a proactive and manageable implementation of the needed changes at the neighbourhood level.