The baby in the photo was born prematurely in week 32. Every day, Riham checks his pulse, feeding and the antibiotic he needs. Riham is one of the young men and women benefiting from the Employment of Youth Programme in Gaza, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and implemented by UNDP. © Shareef Sarhan - UNDP/PAPP

Gaza Strip, 10 January 2019 - As part of its commitment to support the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip, UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People is implementing various employment generation interventions to mitigate the impact of the harsh socio-economic conditions in the Strip.

With a USD 1.2 million support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, UNDP continues its implementation of the youth and women employment programme in the Gaza Strip, creating jobs and training opportunities for 596 young men and women.

In partnership with the Palestinian Ministry of Health, 150 doctors and nurses were employed for a period of three months in various hospitals and clinics around the Gaza Strip to support the health sector and improve the skills and abilities of the young graduates. This in addition to another 180 young teachers who supported the education sector as well.

In partnership with the IRADA centre, 45 persons with disabilities are also receiving vocational training in different sectors. Some 12 young men benefited from mobile phone maintenance training, two men and seven women on sewing, 11 trainees on generators maintenance, in addition to five men and eight women on designing and printing promotional materials.

The programme also partnered with Atfaluna for Deaf Society, 33 young men and women are being trained on improving their embroidery and cooking skills. Around 33 youth with a hearing disability will also be benefiting from three-month jobs opportunities. They will be working with the skills they acquired to encourage their integration into the local market.

The programme also includes the development of a Geographical Information System (GIS) for the three municipalities in the Gaza Strip by engaging 45 young graduates in the coding and numbering of around 10,000 buildings, in addition to 15 new incubated start-ups that will be established in Gaza, creating 50 jobs, in addition to the training of another 90 youth to enhance their entrepreneurship skills.

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