Gaza has suffered numerous hostilities over the past two decades. The hostilities in May 2021 had a devastating impact on the lives of people in the Gaza Strip. The physical destruction of homes, hospitals, schools, water and sanitation facilities, and roads meant that many of those who survived were not able to live in a safe environment nor access essential services. This crisis further compounded the severe socioeconomic conditions and deepening vulnerabilities created by the Israeli blockade, as well as the continuing intra-Palestinian divide and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The information contained in the Gaza Economic Impact Assessment Report and the Gaza Infrastructure Damage Assessment Report can be utilised to inform efforts to support the recovery of Gaza, and guide priorities for funding.
UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People focuses its work on Governance, Productive Livelihoods, Environment and Infrastructure.Emphasis is placed on three geographic areas where the needs and the challenges the greatest in achieving sustainable human development and statehood: the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and Area C.
UNDP targets gender equality as part of its programming in its main work streams: sustainable development; inclusive and effective democratic governance; and risk prevention and resilience. UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People has an extensive portfolio of projects and programmes that are contributing to the mainstreaming of gender and empowerment of women in the Palestinian society.
UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (PAPP) derives its mandate from the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 33/147 of 20 December 1978. Called upon by United Nations Member States in that year, UNDP was requested “to improve the economic and social conditions of the Palestinian people by identifying their social and economic needs and by establishing concrete projects to that end”. UNDP/PAPP is a responsive development agency that works together with the Palestinian people to fulfil their aspiration for sustainable human development based on self-determination, equality and freedom.
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