Better Work Jordan (BWJ), a division of Better Work – a collaboration between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), itself a member of the World Bank Group – aims to convene all levels of the garment sector to improve working conditions, raise labour standards, and boost the competitiveness of the apparel industry in Jordan. Past assessments have indicated that the Better Work Jordan programme has achieved significant and positive impacts on working conditions at the factory level. In preparing for its Phase III Strategy (2017-2022) which prioritizes national ownership of the program, BWJ identified a need to evaluate its impact at the policy level.
The BWJ SIPA Capstone team constructed an assessment tool for these purposes and conducted an evaluation to determine the efficacy of BWJ’s public and private stakeholder engagement strategies in influencing policy throughout the garment sector. The evaluation employed participatory methods and semi-structured interviews with a number of key stakeholders in government, the private sector, civil society, and international organizations in March 2018. Interviews were conducted remotely and in-person during fieldwork in Amman, Jordan with the support of BWJ and ILO. The final report discussed the team’s findings and provided recommendations to Better Work Jordan for improving stakeholder engagement strategies, for informing policy influencing activities, and for building capacity to monitor policy impact.