UNDP Response to Gaza Crisis

UNDP’s two year recovery programme is integrated into the Palestinian Recovery Strategy. It aims to create conditions for enhancing resilience and sustainable development, while building on both prior and current UNDP engagement in the Gaza Strip. Immediate priorities for UNDP include debris and rubble removal and recycling, solid waste management, and the repair of electricity, water and sewage infrastructure. Given the prevailing context, construction, the rehabilitation of infrastructure and the creation of jobs for affected people will be critical components of the programme.

News: Gaza Economy - Nearing Total Collapse: A UNDP Report on Challenges to Economic Recovery and Long-Term Development in Gaza

Gaza Economy – Nearing Total Collapse: Living conditions in Gaza have deteriorated to a breaking point, rendering the Gaza population among the most impoverished, left alone and exposed to vulnerabilities globally. Gaza, 12 July 2017- Gaza’s private sector, the engine of future economic growth potential, is presently...

News: Funded by the Government of Japan - UNDP Kicks off Tokyo Football League II in Gaza

Gaza, 10 July 2017 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan, in partnership with the Palestinian Football Association, kicked off the Tokyo Football League II in the Gaza Strip. The project is part of their shared commitment to empowering youth in the Gaza Strip and the West...

News: Supported by the European Union and UNDP - A Sufi Night Celebrating the Spirit of Ramadan in East Jerusalem

Jerusalem, 20 June 2017 – On the occasion of Ramadan, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP/PAPP) and the European Union, in partnership with the Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jerusalem and the Islamic Waqf, hosted a Ramadan Sufi Night on 20 June 2017 at the Palestinian National Theatre in...

News: “I am with Nature” UNDP Marks World Environment Day by Cleaning Gaza Beach as part of the Right to Education Programme

UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People, with the help of volunteers from Al Fakhoora Dynamic Futures Programme, cleaned 15,000 square meters of Gaza’s beach. According to a recent study by the Palestinian Environment Quality Authority, almost 50% of Gaza beach is polluted and not suitable for swimming.

News: The Government of Germany and UNDP Open Basketball Playground for Youth in East Jerusalem

East Jerusalem, 25 May 2017 – The Federal Republic of Germany, through its German Development Bank KfW, the Islamic Development Bank, Burj Al Luq Luq Social Centre and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP/PAPP), inaugurated a basketball playground at the Burj Al LuqLuq Social Centre for youth in the...

News:Bethlehem Municipality Inaugurates Road Rehabilitation Works with Support from the Government of Italy and UNDP

Bethlehem, 26 May 2017 – Bethlehem Municipality, the Government of Italy and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People inaugurate the Caritas Road at the northern entrance of Bethlehem City, under the Facilitating Access to Infrastructure Resilience in Area C and East Jerusalem (FAIR) programme, a...

News: Under the Auspices of H.E. Prime Minister Al Hamdallah The Government of Germany and UNDP Open the First Youth Village in the West Bank

West Bank, 17 May 2017 – The Federal Republic of Germany, through its German Development Bank KfW, Sharek Youth Forum, UNFPA, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP/PAPP), marked the opening of the first youth village in Kufur Ne’mah in the West Bank, as a pioneering integrated project implemented...

News: With Support from the Saudi Fund for Development, UNDP Disburses Compensations for Totally Damaged Housing Units in Gaza

Gaza, 17 May 2017 - With financial support from the Saudi Fund for Development, UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People was able to disburse compensation payments, amounting USD 1 million, for 89 non-refugee families whose homes were totally damaged during the 2014 hostilities. The payments are a...

News: Chamber of Commerce and UNDP Sign Agreement in Support of Private Sector Development in East Jerusalem with Funds from EU

Jerusalem, 08 May 2017 – In the presence of European Union Head of Cooperation Alessandra Viezzer, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP/PAPP) and the Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jerusalem signed a cooperation agreement to provide business development support, and financial and urban...

Join the Conversation and Step It Up for Gender Equality

In the State of Palestine, women represent half of the population. Palestinian women have high enrollment rates in education (94.4 percent), but in the labor market, there is still a wide gap between female and male participation 19.1% compared to 72.5% respectively in 2015). On the other hand, while progress has been registered in women’s participation in Palestinian public life through their presence in legislative bodies, ministries, enterprises, female participation in political life remains low. UNDP targets gender equality as part of its programming in its three main work streams: sustainable development; inclusive and effective democratic governance; and risk prevention and resilience. UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People has an extensive portfolio of projects and programmes that is contributing to the mainstreaming of gender and empowerment of women in the Palestinian society.

Results: With the help of legal clinics in Gaza, women find their way back to life

For so many women in Gaza, divorce can be the end of their life. The stigma of being divorced in a community where women should somehow perform as the perfect wife is a burden that stops many from pursuing an end to violence and unsuccessful marriages that they have to live through. Aziza says it took her 20 years to understand that violence can never end by patience.

Video: Pursuing an Education - Paralegal Services Project in East Jerusalem

A new beginning for Muna after pursuing her education with support from the Islamic Development Bank through UNDP's DEEP poverty reduction programme

Results: Children with Disability: Restoring their Right to Education in Gaza through Al Fakhoora Programme

Mohammed Al Dalou is a 12-year-old smart and enthusiastic student at the sixth elementary grade in Shams Al Amal School for the Physically Disabled in Gaza. He was born with a physical disability and muscular dystrophy, making it difficult for him to perform any activity independently such as walking, bathing, etc. Mohammed dreams of completing his education and becoming a doctor to treat people, heal their pain and alleviate their suffering.

Results: Empowering women to participate in public life

E’tibar is a Palestinian University student living in the Jordan Valley. She is working towards a mathematics degree which, due to financial constraints she has not been able to finish. Impressed by her proactivity and success, the Community Resilience Development Programme (CRDP), implemented by UNDP with funds from the Governments of Sweden, Austria, and Norway, has given E’tibar a four-month contract to work as a full-time Gender Coordinator for the Hiwar Centre for Youth and Women’s Empowerment. This in turn will provide E’tibar with the financial resources to finish her degree.

Palestine Resilience Conference 24 - 25 November 2016

The First Palestine Resilience Conference (PRC) 2016 – From Sumud to Transformative Resilience will be held on 24-25 November 2016 at the InterContinental Hotel in Amman, Jordan. The conference will seek to review and reinvigorate the Palestinian resilience conceptual, programmatic, operational, as well as policy framework. Organized jointly by the Government of Palestine and the United Nations Development Programme/Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP), the Conference will provide the space where practitioners, donors, government actors, non-government actors, and the private sector will meet to think-plan-deliver on how to influence resilience-based programming across the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).