6 Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty

Where we are

Poverty, unemployment and food security are considered some of the major challenges faced in the occupied Palestinian territory. The policies and interventions in the context of fighting poverty, reducing unemployment and improving food security constitute the main pillars of national and sectoral strategies and are areas where all partners in the development process exert tremendous efforts. Very often, these efforts encounter challenges that are exacerbated by the Israeli occupation, impeding the process of building an independent Palestinian state.

Policies and interventions relating to this goal take account several challenges, including relief and developmental dimensions. Relief is linked to efforts aimed at tackling extreme poverty in households without the resources that would enable them to develop their capacities. This also applies to efforts aimed at enhancing food security in such households since food security is closely linked to poverty. Policies include a developmental dimension aimed at eradicating extreme poverty and enabling the poor to become self-dependent.

In addition, policies and interventions related to this goal focus on increasing labour market participation and reducing unemployment, especially among women and youth. This serves the general goal of fighting poverty, while the focus on specific social sectors like women and youth adheres to the approaches defined in the national policies agenda of building equality between all regions and social sectors, including gender equality.

UNDP's work in the occupied Palestinian territory

  • Inayat Nageeb in her lingerie shop, a business she was able to start thanks to a grant from DEEP. Through her business, she has doubled her family's income. (Photo: UNDP PAPP)

    Woman lifts her family out of poverty in the West Bank

    Starting a business with limited resources in East Jerusalem, West Bank, is a challenge — especially for women. For Inayat Nageeb, a housewife and a mothermore

Targets for MDG1
  1. Reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day
    • Proportion of population below $1 (PPP) per day
    • Poverty gap ratio
    • Share of poorest quintile in national consumption
  2. Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people
    • Growth rate of GDP per person employed
    • Employment-to-population ratio
    • Proportion of employed people living below $1 (PPP) per day
    • Proportion of own-account and contributing family workers in total employment
  3. Reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger
    • Prevalence of underweight children under-five years of age
    • Proportion of population below minimum level of dietary energy consumption