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  • With Support from the Bank of Palestine Opening Ceremony for Three Renovated Governmental Schools in Gaza Dec 6, 2016

    As part of the continuing efforts to support the education sector in the Gaza Strip, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Bank of Palestine and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP) celebrated the opening of three governmental schools in Gaza, providing improved access to educational facilities to over 3000 students. The project comes as part of the “Periodic Maintenance of Governmental Schools in Gaza Strip” project, funded by the Bank of Palestine for the amount of USD 150,000 over a three-year period, and implemented by UNDP/PAPP. It is expected that more than 15000 children youth will benefit from access to the renovated facilities in 15 governmental schools across the Gaza Strip.

  • USD 4.4 million from Sweden in Support of Area C and East Jerusalem Projects through UNDP Dec 1, 2016

    The Government of Sweden and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed a SEK 40 million (USD 4.4 million) contribution to the Community Resilience and Development Programme (CRDP) in support of the Palestinian population living in Area C and East Jerusalem. The additional resources will bring Sweden’s total contribution to the CRDP programme to SEK 130 million.Led by the Palestinian Government, CRDP is funded by the Governments of Sweden, Austria, and Norway for an amount of over USD 24 million, and implemented by UNDP.

  • OFID extends grant to UNDP in support of the Palestinian people Nov 24, 2016

    The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) signed a USD 1 million grant agreement with UNDP/PAPP to support Phase II of an initiative aimed at improving the living conditions of low-income Palestinian families in East Jerusalem by providing them with safe and affordable housing. The agreement was signed by Suleiman J Al-Herbish, OFID Director-General, and Roberto Valent, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator, and witnessed by H.E. Hussein Al Araj, Palestinian Minister of Local Government, on the sidelines of the Palestinian Resilience Conference taking place on 24-25 November 2016.

  • Launch of the National Legal Aid Committee Nov 16, 2016

    A milestone towards the establishment of a national legal aid system was officially reached in Ramallah with the launch and first meeting of the National Legal Aid Committee. The newly established Committee will bring together institutional and civil society legal aid providers, from both the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, in an attempt to improve the quality and reach of legal aid services to vulnerable Palestinians. It will map the scope of services currently provided, scale up coordination, establish relevant eligibility criteria, and identify options for financial sustainability.

  • EU and UNDP launch a EUR 2.4 million programme to boost private sector development in the Gaza Strip Nov 9, 2016

    The European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a new programme to rehabilitate and consolidate the Gaza Industrial Estate (GIE). The GIE is intended to work as a catalyst for industrial development in Gaza once fully operational. The new programme will be implemented by the UNDP over a period of twenty months.

  • Workshop marking World Mental Health Day supported by Al-Fakhoora and UNDP Oct 10, 2016

    On World Mental Health Day, more than 100 professionals were brought forward to participate at a workshop entitled "Psychological First Aid Services: The Palestinian Experience", organized by the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funded by Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD) through Al Fakhoora, programme of Education above All Foundation.The workshop, which comes as part of the mental health component in the Right to Education Programme in Gaza, reiterated the importance and effectiveness of psychological first aid as an immediate intervention approach, especially for traumatized children and women in times of crises, and shared the different experiences and lessons learnt of the main stakeholders and providers of mental health services in the Gaza Strip.

  • Rebuilding 12 schools across the Gaza Strip through the Right to Education Programme Sep 29, 2016

    As part of continuous efforts to support education in the Gaza Strip, Education Above All (EAA) Foundation through their Al Fakhoora programme has partnered with the Qatar Fund for Development (QDF) and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People to launch the first phase of the Right to Education Programme, successfully rebuilding 65 classrooms in 12 government schools. The programme, which reconstructs and rehabilitates educational facilities damaged and destroyed during the 2014 hostilities on Gaza, will reach over 600,000 Palestinian young people by 2020.

  • Volunteers Distribute School Supplies to Children in Jenin Camp Aug 24, 2016

    Commemorating the 2016 International Youth Day UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People and the United Nations Volunteers Programme organized the distribution of school supplies to 250 children in Jenin Refugee Camp.

  • Statement on Media Reports concerning UN Accusation of Palestinian Authority on Rubble Removal in Gaza Aug 14, 2016

    UNDP/PAPP corrects, for the record, that the UN has never accused the Palestinian Authority of diverting the rubble in Gaza in any of its statements, as has been circulated by some media outlets today. UNDP works in partnership and coordination with the Palestinian Authority to implement projects in Gaza, including the rubble removal project.

  • Updated Statement on UNDP/PAPP Aug 12, 2016

    UNDP has zero tolerance for wrongdoing in its programmes and projects and is committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability. UNDP has undertaken a review to examine the facts related to statements contained in Mr. Al Bursh’s charge sheet. UNDP has established that the rubble in question was transported to its destination according to written instructions from the Ministry of Public Works and Housing of the Palestinian Authority as to where it should be placed.