Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 395

Full Length Research Paper

Measurement of resources allocation efficiency in the Jordanian municipalities (Case study: Greater Irbid municipality)

  Suleiman S. Abu-Kharmeh1* and Jihad A. Abu-Al Sondos2  
  1Regional Planning Department, Faculty of Planning and Management, Al-Balqa Applied University, Jordan. 2Faculty member, Economics and Financial Sciences Department – Faculty of Planning and Management. Al-Balqa Applied University, Jordan.  
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 04 January 2011
  •  Published: 28 February 2011



The study aims at measuring the efficiency of allocating resources for the road sector in The Greater Irbid Municipality, located in the northern part of Jordan. This issue is of high importance to both academics and professionals working in the planning fields. The study seeks to enrich the planning theories through an empirical case study by testing the weights assigned for resource allocation criteria conducted by the officials of the municipality. The Municipality's seven districts were analysed using 2005 data through assigning relative weight to each of the resource allocation criteria applied by the municipality. Based on the findings, the study makes some recommendations; among which are: Resource allocation should be based on standardized criteria and announced to local communities. In addition; the role of financial monitoring process should be enhanced while implementing the plans of municipalities through checking and validating the allocation of resources “criteria” versus the actual implementation.


Key words: Districts, population density, services, roads, traffic volume, accidents, optimal distribution.