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Entrepreneurial spirits in Gaza

Sameer al Hams’ workshop is hard to miss.  Twelve washing machines spill from its doors into the dusty street.   He shares the workspace with a yellow, stretch Mercedes taxi and dozens of old televisions and spare parts.   But it is the washing machines that have transformed Sameer’s more


Gaza School Going Solar

Bashir El Rayyes High School, an all girls’ school, is one of the 398 schools in the Gaza Strip currently affected by the electricity crisis. Since 2006, Gaza has been facing chronic electrical shortages, exacerbated by the most recent crisis in Gaza, which damaged related infrastructure and Gaza’s more


Harnessing the sun in Gaza

It is around noon and Fatheya el Braim is taking dozens of cookies from a clay oven in her backyard. The cookies are coated in sesame seed with dates inside. They have been baked in an oven fired by garden waste. Fatheya has a husband and 17 children to feed. The family has no income so she has to pmore


In Gaza, first female mukhtarah mediates legal disputes

Um Mohammed broke the conservative tribal traditions of her community when she became one of Gaza strip’s first “Mukhtarah” – the female equivalent of Mukhtar, one who peacefully settles disputes without need to resort to formal judicial systems. “I once found myself having to intervene to resolve amore


Legal Aid Clinics in Gaza help people get protection of the law

Asma*  lived in Jabalia Camp in the Gaza Strip where she attempted to raise a family whilst trapped within a violent marriage. Aggression and attacks were part of her daily life; bruises and physical scars a recurring reminder of her predicament. Her husband often prevented Asma from seeing hermore


New nets help fishermen in Gaza become self-reliant

By Dania Darwish The Swedish Village, a remote village of fishermen in the far south of the Gaza Strip in the occupied Palestinian territory, is home to some 95 households living under extreme poverty. Visitors to the Village – built by the Swedish Government in the 1960s – can immediately see the pmore


Palestinian farmers reap the rewards of land reclamation in Hebron

A small tractor is ploughing along a terraced field on a steep hillside north of Hebron. The neat lines of the retaining walls rise from the valley floor like steps and contrast to the rock and scrub on adjacent hillsides.   This plot of 208 dunums is about to yield its second crop of fruits anmore


When Economic and Education Empowerment pave the way for success

Divorced in 2010, Hala Da’lsa, 29, a refugee at Al Bureej Camp in Gaza, was left devastated and alone to provide for herself. She embarked on an uncertain journey to start her own business making long black traditional dresses—Abayas. Her chances of success were not high, but the stakes left no roommore

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Gaza in focus 2012 - 2014

Gaza in Focus 2012 – 2014 provides an overview of UNDP’s on going and planned programmes in the Gaza Strip.  Further to the challenges facing the Strip,  UNDP  plans  to  expand  the  scope  of  its  development activities to increase self-reliance and resilience within the Palestinian population.

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