Community Resilience and Development Programme (CRDP)

Brief Description

The programme is designed to address the challenges in Area C and East Jerusalem. Its objective is to empower local stakeholders, through the most suitable partners, to respond with resilience to threats that affect their sustenance on the land. To this end, the programme will contribute to:

  • Preventing the erosion of living conditions of Palestinians in Area C and East Jerusalem that undermine their development capital
  • Protecting Palestinian land and property in Area C and East Jerusalem; and
  • Mitigating and ideally reversing migration flow from Area C and East Jerusalem by enhancing human security and livelihood of Palestinians.

The programme is a result of a fruitful partnership between the Ministry of Planning and Administrative Development, the Government of Sweden (SIDA) and UNDP. The programme will work at four levels: small to medium scale community infrastructure, protection of natural resources, income generation and safeguarding of Palestinians human rights. It will facilitate a complementary approach and a transition process from humanitarian interventions towards development and will build initiatives that are of a development nature, but are currently not taking place in Area C and East Jerusalem.

The programme will be implemented by a wide array of partners, including communities, grassroots organizations, local and international NGOs, based on their respective merits, and according to locally designed plans. During the first Year of the CRDP, a total of 20 projects were supported in Area C, East Jerusalem and the Seam Zone for the amount of USD 4,200,000. The second round of funding is allocated to support East Jerusalem with a total amount of USD 1,200,000.

Addressing the needs of Palestinians living in Area C and East Jerusalem is essential for their wellbeing and social development. Responding to the needs of the population will enable them to achieve their primary goal to safeguard their livelihoods and stay on their land. The development potential of Area C is critical to the viability of the Palestinian State – an imperative acknowledged by a growing number of actors, including the Palestinian Government, UN, EU, AHLC and the Quartet.

Challenges and Constraints

1. Ongoing constraints imposed by the Israeli occupation (including permit regime, demolition of houses and tents, confiscation of vehicles, harassment by soldiers and settlers etc...) that disrupt long-term interventions.

2. Weak coordination among development and humanitarian actors in Area C and East Jerusalem.

3. Planning of adequate interventions based on national priorities.


  • Six new classrooms have been renovated in a school in the Seam Zone.
  • 18 classrooms were renovated and 7 computer and science labs were created in the West Bank.
  • An East Jerusalem based health organization was able to provide emergency health services to 45 residents using a special emergency vehicle during the extreme weather conditions. The medical equipment will also assist East Jerusalem residents during emergencies.
  • 26 Bedouin women from three Bedouin communities have enhanced their health knowledge to mitigate extreme livelihood conditions.
  • 78 households received solar units which lead to an increase of studying hours of school children by an average of 4 hours a day, and improved health conditions and storage of food and dairy products as a result of the installation of small refrigerators, butter churns and solar lights, and also provided access to TV and cellular charging.
  • Three underground water wells in the Seam Zone are being transformed into electrical pumping system.
  • 47 water cisterns have been rehabilitated and added to five marginalized communities.
  • 26 household waste-water treatment units were installed in two communities. Irrigation networks were also connected to these units to water a total of 13 dunums of agricultural lands.
  • In another marginalized location adjacent to settlements, restoration of an old house, a cave and a water well and rehabilitation of four dunums of land was completed.
  • A comprehensive training of 20 Bedouin women is completed and six sewing machines were distributed to three Bedouin communities provide income to families and reduce reliance on nearby cities.
  • 32 poor women received grants to support income generating and livelihood projects.
  • 100 dunums of agricultural land were reclaimed and connecting roads are being opened to enhance income of owners of these lands. An agricultural road of 1.6 km of length was opened and a large livelihood project in west of Ramallah has completed the terracing of 140 dunums of land in addition to founding the main facilities of a community park.
  • A total of 750 children and youth participated in community campaigns, especially in East Jerusalem and south of West Bank.
  • Five youth community groups were established in East Jerusalem and these groups started outreaching to other communities in the Old City and in East Jerusalem about the role of youth, importance of voluntarism, drug abuse etc.

Finances and Delivery

Donor Amount Contributed  (USD) Amount Disbursed
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
USD 4,579,454 USD 3,449
Austrian Development Agency (ADA) 0 0
UK 0 0
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) USD 4,569,025 USD 2,572,189
Austrian Development Agency (ADA) USD 1,303,781 0
UK USD 453,172 0
Project Start Date:
October 2012
Estimated End Date:
September 2015
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Austrian Development Agency (ADA), UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) through UK Consulate
Geographic Coverage:
Area C and East Jerusalem
Focus Area:
Millennium Development Goal:
Poverty Reduction, Education, Health, Environment
Marwan Durzi, Programme Manager, Telephone: 00972-2-297 1862,
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