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).

News: USD 4.4 million from Sweden in Support of Area C and East Jerusalem Projects through UNDP

East Jerusalem, 01 December 2016 – The Government of Sweden and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed a SEK 40 million (USD 4.4 million) contribution to the Community Resilience and Development Programme (CRDP) in support of the Palestinian population living in Area C and East Jerusalem....

News: OFID extends grant to UNDP in support of the Palestinian people

The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) signed a USD 1million grant agreement with UNDP/PAPP to support Phase II of an initiative aimed at improving the living conditions of low-income Palestinian families in East Jerusalem by providing them with safe and affordable housing. The agreement was signed by Suleiman J Al-Herbish, OFID Director-General, and Roberto Valent, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator, and witnessed by H.E. Hussein Al Araj, Palestinian Minister of Local Government, on the sidelines of the Palestinian Resilience Conference taking place on 24-25 November 2016.

News: Launch of the National Legal Aid Committee - Overcoming Barriers Faced by those Needing Legal Aid

Ramallah, 16 November 2016 – A milestone towards the establishment of a national legal aid system was officially reached in Ramallah today with the launch and first meeting of the National Legal Aid Committee. The meeting was officially opened by H.E. Ali Abu Diak, Minister of Justice; Advocate Hussein Shabaneh,...

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.

News: EU and UNDP launch a EUR 2.4 million programme to boost private sector development in the Gaza Strip

Jerusalem, 09 November 2016 - The European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched today a new programme to rehabilitate and consolidate the Gaza Industrial Estate (GIE). The GIE is intended to work as a catalyst for industrial development in Gaza once fully operational. The new...

News: Education Above All Foundation through their Al Fakhoora programme partner with Qatar Fund for Development and UNDP to rebuild 12 schools across the Gaza Strip through their Right to Education Programme

Gaza Strip, 29 September 2016 – As part of continuous efforts to support education in the Gaza Strip, Education Above All (EAA) Foundation through their Al Fakhoora programme has partnered with the Qatar Fund for Development (QDF) and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People to launch the...

News: Workshop marking World Mental Health Day supported by Al-Fakhoora and UNDP

Gaza Strip, 10 October 2016 – On World Mental Health Day, more than 100 professionals were brought forward to participate at a workshop entitled "Psychological First Aid Services: The Palestinian Experience", organized by the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme in partnership with the United Nations Development...

News: On International Youth Day Volunteers Distribute School Supplies to Children in Jenin Camp

Jerusalem, 24 August 2016 – Commemorating the 2016 International Youth Day under the theme “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”, UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People and the United Nations Volunteers Programme organized the distribution...

News: UNDP statement, attributable to the Special Representative of the Administrator, Roberto Valent

On 03 July 2016, Mr. Waheed Al Bursh, a contractor of the United Nations Development Programme/Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP) was detained at Israeli passport control while entering Gaza through the Erez crossing. It is alleged by the Israeli authorities that Mr. Al Bursh complied...

Statement on Media Reports concerning UN Accusation of Palestinian Authority on Rubble Removal in Gaza

East Jerusalem, 14 August 2016 - UNDP/PAPP corrects, for the record, that the UN has never accused the Palestinian Authority of diverting the rubble in Gaza in any of its statements, as has been circulated by some media outlets today. UNDP works in partnership and coordination with the Palestinian Authority to...

Updated Statement on UNDP/PAPP Attributed to a UNDP Spokesperson

Attributable to a UNDP Spokesperson 12 August 2016 - UNDP has zero tolerance for wrongdoing in its programmes and projects and is committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability. UNDP has undertaken a review to examine the facts related to statements contained in Mr. Al Bursh’s charge...

News: USD 2 million for Youth Economic Initiatives in the West Bank with Funds from IDB

  Ramallah, 02 August 2016 – The Ministry of Social Development, the Higher Council for Youth and Sports and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People launched a tripartite partnership, worth USD 2.1 million from the Islamic Development Bank, to support youth economic initiatives in the West Bank. H.E....

News: Brazil Ambassador Visits UNDP Projects in Gaza

Gaza, 12 July 2016 – The Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the State of Palestine, H.E. Francisco Mauro Brazil De Holanada, accompanied by First Secretary of the Embassy Mr Ricardo Fleury visited the Gaza Strip on 12 July 2016. The purpose of the visit was to see first hand the situation in Gaza...

News: UNDP Concludes Emergency Support to Solid Waste Services Project in Gaza with Japan Funds

Gaza, 12 April 2016 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan marked the closing of the emergency support to solid waste services project in the Gaza Strip, funded by the Government of Japan for a total of USD 4.3 million. The project, which is implemented in partnership with...

News:USD 5 million for Youth Job Creation Programme in Gaza through UNDP

Gaza, 28 July 2016 – The Ministry of Labour, represented by H.E. Mamoun Abu Shahla, and UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator, Roberto Valent, signed a USD 5 million Memorandum of Understanding to implement the Rapid Employment Generation project in the Gaza Strip, targeting recent graduates and...

News: Table Tennis Championship and Tokyo Football League Underway in Gaza with Funds from Japan

Gaza, 12 April 2016 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan kicked off the second stage of the Tokyo Football League and Table Tennis Championship in the Gaza Strip.  Both activities are part of the “Support to Youth and the Sports Sector in the Gaza Strip” project...

News: With funding from Sweden, Norway & Austria UNDP Signs Agreements in Support of East Jerusalem Youth & Health Sectors

East Jerusalem, 17 March 2016 – With funding from the Governments of Sweden, Norway and Austria, UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed agreements, worth USD 1.27 million, in support of the resilience of Palestinians residing in East Jerusalem. The four projects target three hospitals...

News: Prime Minister, Japan, PWA & UNDP celebrate closing of cross boundary wastewater management project

Jerusalem, 11 April 2016 – Under the auspices of H.E. Prime Minister Rami Al Hamdallah, the Government of Japan, in partnership with the Palestinian Water Authority and the United Nations Development Programme/Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People celebrated the closure of the USD 5.8 million cross...

Results: Not business as usual:Developing Palestinian exports

Funded by Canada, a UNDP project supports Palestinian small and medium enterprises in the West Bank to increase their exports potential and access new markets Mahdi Hassan, General Manager of Emirates Delights in Ramallah is proud of the challenges he overcame to gradually become one of the biggest exporter of...

News: With Funds from Saudi Arabia, UNDP and UNRWA Sign Agreement to Support House Rehabilitation in Gaza

Gaza, 15 March 2016 – As part of their continuous efforts to support the Palestinian people, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a memorandum of understanding for the amount of USD 31.8 million,...

News: Additional Euro 2 million from Austria in Support of Area C Population

Ramallah, 25 February 2016 – Witnessed by His Excellency Prime Minister Rami Al Hamdallah, the Government of Austria and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed a Euro 2 million contribution to the Community Resilience and Development Programme (CRDP) in support of the Palestinian population...

News: USD 4.3 million Funding from Japan to support projects in the Gaza Strip through UNDP

Jerusalem, 18 March 2016 – As part of their continuous efforts to support the Palestinian people, the Government of Japan entrusted UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP) with a USD 4.3 million contribution targeting the Gaza Strip. The new contribution will address environmental...

Results: Enhancing quality of life and opportunities to learn

The 2014 hostilities on the Gaza Strip have had a tremendous impact on the education sector. Many schools and educational facilities were damaged or totally destroyed, preventing some from resuming their academic year on schedule.   The Palestinian Society for Rehabilitation of Displaced is one of the learning...

Results:Resuming a Hobby of Making Beautiful Designs

Heba Abdel-Jawad, is a 15 year old attending the tenth grade at Shohada’ Al-Maghazi school in Gaza. She is one of the best students in her school, with a GPA of 98%. Her family consists of 10 members, “My father is a taxi driver and my mother is a teacher at a government school. I have two sisters: Rawan 22 and...

Results: Back to our Heaven – House Rehabilitation Programme in Gaza

“Our home was considered a totally damaged one. It was about to be demolished when UNDP engineers decided it could be rehabilitated. This is how our story of hope began,” said Joma’a Dardona, one of the owners of four flats located in a building at Al Tofah quarter, east of Gaza City. After the 2014 war ended,...