Poverty Reduction

UNDP/PAPP's assistance to the Palestinian people in all the sectors is aimed at contributing to the reduction of poverty. UNDP/PAPP has worked extensively to alleviate poverty in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) through innovative solutions that ensure enhanced access to productive assets and economic opportunities and mainstreaming poverty related issues.


The increased pressure stemming from the prolonged occupation has affected the Palestinian economy and livelihoods, the blockade of the Gaza Strip, the tightening and restrictive policies in Area C and East Jerusalem and the considerable restriction on freedom of movement in the West Bank. This has imposed major costs on the Palestinian productive and trade sectors, undercutting development prospects significantly. About 410,000 families are living under the abject poverty line in Gaza and almost 80% of Palestinians in Gaza depended on humanitarian assistance for survival, with no means to access education, health, clothing and shelter.more

Promoting Productivity and Dignity through Livelihoods

UNDP/PAPP is increasing the resilience of Palestinians beyond the short-term solutions of food assistance and temporary employment generationmore

Our Stories

Hala, in the yellow scarf, assisting a staff member at the workshop in producing one of her designs through Al Fakhoorah Programme in Gaza
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 onmore 

Inayat Nageeb in her lingerie shop, a business she was able to start thanks to a grant from DEEP. Through her business, she has doubled her family's income. (Photo: UNDP PAPP)
Woman lifts her family out of poverty in the West Bank

Starting a business with limited resources in East Jerusalem, West Bank, is a challenge — especially for women. For Inayat Nageeb, a housewife and a mothermore 

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