IBM Jordan: Integrated Border Management in Jordan

#Border Management and Security #Capacity Development #Border Management and Security

July 2019 to July 2023
European Union
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Implementing Agency
European Union


The 47 - month project was granted to ICMPD and UNODC as implementing partners to support Jordan in developing an integrated approach to border management; while enhancing capacities to fight transnational crime; and strengthening trade facilitation practices and measures. ICMPD is implementing components 1 and 3, while the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) implements component 2.


The general objective of the EU support to Integrated Border Management in Jordan project is to contribute to the development of the long-term capability of Jordan to control and manage its borders and to ensure greater security for citizens and visitors, while guaranteeing the respect for the rule of law and human rights standards.

The project comprises three components:

Component 1: To support the development of an integrated approach to border management (IBM)

  • A national border strategy in line with integrated border management standards/models in place and ready for implementation
  • Jordanian border management agencies capacity to apply a rights-based approach to promote, respect and protect the human rights of citizens and migrants at borders strengthened
  • Border crossing points identified and equipped with necessary operational equipment, IT tools, software and improved procedures

Component 2: To enhance capacities to fight transnational crime (implemented by UNODC)

Component 3: To strengthen trade facilitation practices and measures

  • IBM workflows, completion and implementation of inter-agency blueprints developed
  • IT solutions developed to improve electronic communication between HQ and BCP
  • Supply chain security and Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) systems developed, as means of speeding clearance times but ensuring the necessary level of border security

The main stakeholders are the agencies operating at the borders: Borders and Residence Department (BRD), Jordanian Customs (JC), and the General Intelligence Directorate (GID). Each of these agencies has specific competences and the situation at each border is different, ranging from a purely civilian to a military approach, depending on the level of the security threats. This makes the use of modular and integrated border management tools even more relevant and appropriate.