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 CRDP is the result of a fruitful partnership between the Palestinian Government, lead by a steering committee consisting of the Ministries of Planning, the Jerusalem Affairs, Agriculture and Local Government,  in addition to UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP) and the Governments of Sweden, Austria and Norway.

The Programme 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.

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.



  • A total of 49 projects, making three rounds of fund, have been funded with a number of implementing partners including village councils. The most recent round, round 3, comprises of 19 projects aiming at improving public and social infrastructures such as schools, cultural centres, provision of health services, improving access to natural resources, and preparing youth and women for better job opportunities through a set of training courses.
  • Access to improved physical learning environment has been provided to 1072 students through the rehabilitation of 47 school units in eight schools in Area C. Better access to education for children with special needs is facilitated through the rehabilitation of four schools in Area C. In addition, access to quality education through a mobile educational resources centre, including a library and a computer lab, is provided to a total of 1,054 students in Area C.
  • In Area C, a total of 5,000 Palestinians are receiving ophthalmic primary care through CRDP run mobile clinics. A total of 120 children with special physical needs have improved access to health services through the rehabilitation of three health clinics and the provision of personal assistance tools/equipment.
  • Right to proper and decent housing is being improved for a total of 840 Palestinians living in marginalized areas in Area C and East Jerusalem. In addition, in Area C, a total of 1,796 Palestinians have access to electricity using renewable energy through the provision of solar panels. Availability of power allowed extra hours for study at night, less physical efforts in milk shaking as women started to use the provided butter churns, and more security around shelters through the provision of spotlights.
  • In Area C, 172 people have improved their income through CRDP business initiatives.
  • In Area C, improved access to natural resources was provided though the construction/rehabilitation of 229 water harvesting cisterns, rehabilitation of 8 km of water networks and rehabilitation of four springs. In addition, Palestinian farmers in the Seam Zone have enhanced the competitiveness of their produce after three underground water wells were transferred to electric pumping. In Area C, 52 wastewater treatment units were installed and benefited 52 households in four rural communities.
  • In Area C, a number of agricultural holdings and area of agricultural lands have been increased through the reclamation of a total of 1,976 dunums and the construction/ rehabilitation of 35.9 km of agricultural roads.
  • In East Jerusalem, a total of 796 students received better access to education through the rehabilitation of 14 units in a kindergarten and two schools in the Old City.
  • In East Jerusalem, the adaptive capacity of 3,000 Palestinians was increased in dealing with emergencies, especially inside the Old City of Jerusalem. In addition, access to health services was provided to 400 of the medically uninsured Jerusalemites through a special fund managed by a Palestinian hospital. A total of 688 children and youth have improved access to health services in the Bedouin communities of the West Bank.
  • In East Jerusalem, a total of 494, mainly women, increased their income through the CRDP activities. In addition, 221 received different training courses and/or were provided with start-up kits to start their small businesses.
  • In East Jerusalem, two community centres were rehabilitated to provide cultural and social activities for around 5,000 youth and children. A total of 750 children and youth participated in community campaigns, especially in East Jerusalem and south of West Bank. Six 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 role of youth, importance of voluntarism, drug abuse etc.

Finances and Delivery

Amount Contributed Per Year (USD)
Donor 2012 2013 2014
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
USD 4,579,454 USD 4,569,025 0
Austrian Development Agency (ADA) 0 USD 1,379,311 USD 1,241,380
Government of Norway
0 0 USD 1,120,125
UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 0
USD 453,172 0
Project Start Date:
October 2012
Estimated End Date:
September 2015
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Austrian Development Agency (ADA), Norway,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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