UNDP in the occupied Palestinian territory
04 Nov 2009
Since 1978, UNDP's Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People has been implementing projects in the occupied Palestinian territory worth over US$600 million.
Rubble removal in Palestine.
UNDP’s assistance to the Palestinian people in all sectors, in both the West Bank and Gaza and in times of emergency and of peace, is aimed towards reducing poverty and rebuilding livelihoods. Since 1978, our Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People has been implementing projects in the occupied Palestinian territory worth over US$600 million, focusing on the areas vital to the Palestinian well-being and socio-economic development, such as water, health and education facilities, social services, infrastructure and rural and agricultural development. Our activities are developed based on input from the communities who stand to benefit from them.
UNDP’s current strategy in Gaza is one that focuses on the restoration of access and movement, the restitution and reconstruction of basic services and infrastructure and the reduction of additional risks and vulnerabilities. We are also making additional investments in shelter, governance systems, rule of law and environmental sustainability.
Immediately following the December 2008 military operations in Gaza, UNDP worked with the Palestinian Authority, in addition to national and international partners, in the assessment of damages and immediate needs as well as the development of rebuilding plans. These assessments have formed the basis of the Authority’s own early recovery and reconstruction plan and helped spur $4.48 billion in donor pledges.
By the numbers: Immediate actions post military intervention
In addition, UNDP assisted the Palestinian Authority in the commissioning and completion of an extensive household survey of people and their needs in Gaza. Among other things, the survey revealed that two-thirds of Gazans are currently living below the poverty line.
Two years ago, UNDP began a pilot programme targeting chronically poor West Bank and Gaza families called the Deprived Families Economic Empowerment Programme. UNDP has continued to administer this programme, which aims to help families achieve economic independence and self-reliance, in spite of the crisis situation, reflecting our firm belief that economic and human development are key elements of any recovery situation. The project became especially crucial following the widespread destruction of infrastructure and livelihoods during the fighting in Gaza in December of last year. UNDP has stepped up its response.
By the numbers: Reducing poverty
Investing in the Future
UNDP continues rebuilding and improving the infrastructure that is crucial to a functioning government and economy. These projects do not just give Palestinians access to vital services: they also give them much-needed jobs.
By the numbers: UNDP’s Infrastructure and Employment Generation programme
UNDP places gender equality and women’s empowerment at the centre of all its work in the occupied Palestinian territory. Since 1999, UNDP has supported the Rural Women’s Credit and Savings Association. The project began as a savings and credit programme to provide economic assistance to members of a women’s cooperative in the West Bank; today that cooperative oversees the project’s funds and the project itself is ongoing in 132 locations in the West Bank and Gaza, benefitting over 5,600 rural women.
Crisis Prevention and Recovery
Energy and Environment
Images of the damages and recovery needs after the December 2008 military operations in Gaza.