Gaza Visit Showcases Significant Progress on Al Fakhoora Projects Financed by Qatar Development FundFeb 3, 2016Less than 18 months after a donation of USD 40 million to support the people of Gaza via Education Above All’s Al Fakhoora programme, the Qatar Development Fund (QDF) visited a number of projects to witness first-hand the impact and progress. During the visit, QDF representatives met with students, Ministry officials, teachers and school counsellors for an overview of how Al Fakhoora is supporting the mental health capacity of teachers and school counsellors helping vulnerable children. The opening ceremony aimed at launching the reconstruction works implemented by UNDP and at honouring QDF, took place at the Islamic University of Gaza, which incurred USD 1.25 million worth of damages in the past.
UNDP and ISOCARP Launch New Magazine on Spatial Planning in the Gaza StripJan 25, 2016he United Nations Development Programme (UNDP/PAPP) and the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) launched the second edition of the Spatial Visioning Reflections magazine, with special focus on the Gaza Strip. The magazine provides innovative spatial planning solutions for the current and anticipated future challenges for spatial development in the Gaza Strip.
New Projects Announced for Area C by the Ministry of Local Government, UNDP and ItalyJan 20, 2016The Steering Committee for the Facilitating Access to Infrastructure Resilience in Area C and East Jerusalem programme (FAIR) approved the second package of six essential infrastructure projects worth over USD 1.2 million, with funding from the Government of Italy. The FAIR programme is a multi-donor platform which aims to empower and strengthen national institutions to plan and deliver essential public and social Infrastructure in Area C and East Jerusalem through providing increased access to sustainable, equitable and affordable infrastructure. The Italian contribution will directly feed into a pool fund to support FAIR initiatives in East Jerusalem and Area C. The project is also supported by Norway, Bahrain and OFID, for projects worth over USD 7 million.
OFID Signs Agreements with UNDP in Support of East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip ProjectsDec 15, 2015The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP) signed agreements worth USD 01 million to implement projects in support of the resilience of Palestinians residing in East Jerusalem and Gaza. The new agreements aim at increasing access to healthcare services for cancer patients in East Jerusalem and creating employment opportunities for youth in Gaza.
USD 2.5 million from Sweden to support cash assistance programme for displaced non-refugees in Gaza through UNDPDec 7, 2015As part of their on-going support to recovery efforts in the Gaza Strip, the Government of Sweden and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed a USD 2.5 million (SEK22,135,000) contribution agreement to fund cash assistance packages for displaced non-refugee Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
The European Union and UNDP support Nablus Municipality in revitalizing Khan Al Wakalah siteDec 7, 2015In line with the on-going Palestinian tourism development process, H.E. Eng. Sameeh Tubeleh, Mayor of Nablus a.i. and Head of Municipal Committee, Ms Alessandra Viezzer, EU Head of Cooperation, and Mr Roberto Valent, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator, signed an Exchange of Letters to mark activities related to the revitalization of the Khan Al Wakalah historical site. The agreement intends to establish cooperation frameworks and arrangements towards ensuring successful delivery of Khan Al Wakalah activities and lay foundations for dynamic synergies among ongoing EU initiatives in Nablus City and Khan Al Wakalah historical site.
Tulkarem Hospital Opens New Maternity Ward with Funds from the Government of Japan through UNDPAug 17, 2015In the presence of H.E. Prime Minister Dr Rami Al Hamdallah, UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People inaugurated, with the Ministry of Health, the Government of Japan and UNICEF, a new maternity ward at Dr Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarem, north of the West Bank. The new ward is the third phase of construction at the hospital, bringing the total contribution from the Government of Japan, through UNDP, to approximately USD 8 million.
Steering Committee of the “Friendly Charcoal Production” Project Meets in Jenin to Discuss ProgressAug 13, 2015The steering committee of the “Towards a Sustainable and Environment Friendly Charcoal Production” project met to discuss the results of the first stage of implementing an environmentally sound technique for the production of charcoal in Yabad village. The project is part of UNDP’s initiative with the Environment Quality Authority to mainstream climate change into governmental policies and strategies.
Al Quds University Public Library Opens its Doors in Jerusalem with Funds from Bahrain through UNDPJul 6, 2015Al Quds University and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People inaugurated today the first Palestinian public library in the old city of Jerusalem, with funds from the Royal Charity Organization - Kingdom of Bahrain. The library, which has been restored and rehabilitated by UNDP, is a three-level historical building located inside the Old City walls. It is equipped with the most up-to-date computer hardware placed in a multipurpose room, as well as a quiet reading area and a cafeteria with a terrace overlooking the city.
UNDP signs agreement with the Union of Palestinian Industries to empower youth in GazaJul 2, 2015With funding from the Islamic Development Bank, UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed a cooperation agreement for the amount of USD 150,000, with the Union of Palestinian Industries to implement the economic empowerment programme for youth in the Gaza Strip.
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