Palestinian Families Economic Empowerment Programme (DEEP)

Project Summary

DEEP’s rationale is anchored in UNDP’s mandate of poverty reduction and the State of Palestine’s policy to reduce economic and social disparities and alleviate poverty in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as espoused in the Social Protection Sector Strategy (SPSS). This rationale is further underpinned by social protection, economic empowerment and sustainable livelihood strategies deemed to be most conducive for poverty alleviation and promotion of social and economic rights. Echoing the SPSS’s vision of creating a decent life for Palestinians on the path to sustainable development in an independent Palestinian State, DEEP focuses on linking social protection with economic empowerment strategies to improve the livelihoods of poor and vulnerable households in the State of Palestine and enable them to generate sustainable income.

The programme’s overarching goal is to improve livelihood outcomes for poor and vulnerable Palestinian households, and effectively enable them to extricate themselves from poverty. More specifically, the programme has a twofold purpose:
1. Poor and vulnerable households become economically empowered and resilient; and
2. An enabling institutional framework for poverty alleviation is developed that effectively promotes economic partnerships with and among the poor, and enhances their resilience.

This model will contribute to the revitalization of the Palestinian economy through supporting self-employment and micro-enterprise development as means to achieve higher economic growth and reduce poverty. Families that are not able to own and manage a self-employment activity in the short run, and particularly those raising youth who may be prepared for entrepreneurship in the medium term, are targeted with special innovative assistance, ensuring the development of their household capacities and assets over the short term and long term empowerment.

Accomplishments and Progress

Micro grants component (Empowerment through income generation and enterprise development activities)

  • Approximately 13,100 households have been assessed and evaluated based on the poverty scoring modality and a total of 11,600 households have passed. Targets for the programme are based on objective poverty and social vulnerability criteria.
  • A total of 8,677 households received start up grants. The success rate for enterprises that are operating and providing the households with sufficient income is over 80%.

Microfinance component (Empowerment through Islamic Microfinance)

  • A total of 6,190 small and micro enterprises have received financing to expand through implementing partner MFIs.
  • DEEP provided technical assistance to MFIs, which resulted in expanding community outreach by opening new branches in rural areas (Qalqilya, Tubas and South Hebron), reforming and building the capacity of pro-poor targeting which has changed the way targeted MFIs work, and finally, the technical assistance also contributed to developing the human resources of targeted MFIs through trainings and onsite coaching.
  • A comprehensive awareness campaign was launched in all areas of the West Bank and Gaza to promote pro-poor financing based on Islamic financing products, and to attract clients who could never access micro-loans through traditional MFIs and commercial banking.

Capacity Development component

  • DEEP has built the competencies of 250 staff members of executing NGOs, MFIs and government officials in the field of sustainable livelihood approach, poverty analysis, business planning and coaching, and feasibility study.
  • Tools, manuals, forms and templates were developed to ensure the proper targeting of poor families, the assessment of their conditions and capitals, and harmonization of the execution throughout the different partners.
  • A special capacity development programme was designed for MoSAD to meet their technical needs especially in the area of economic empowerment of poor families.
  • A capacity development programme including a package of business planning, basic management training skills and specialized technical training has been developed and conducted for 3,174 potential beneficiaries.


Geographic Coverage: West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip
Partners: Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Labour, National NGOs and MFIs
Sustainable Development Goal/s: No Poverty, Decent Work and Economic Growth
Project Manager: Basim Dudeen, Programme Manager
Contact: 00972-54-81741674,
Other Documents: Project Fact Sheet



Project start date:

January 2006

Estimated end date:

December 2022

Focus area:

  • eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions
  • inclusive growth
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Prog for Palestinian People

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Islamic Development Bank
  • Mptf/jp_un Part Rights Disab
  • Swiss Agency For Development And Cooperation - Sdc
  • Education Above All Foundation-al Fakhoora Programme
  • Government Of Japan
  • Opec Fund For International Development
  • State Of Palestine
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation (sida)
  • Arab Fund For Economic & Social Development
  • Government Of New Zealand
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2020 $993,337

    2019 $4,289,387

    2018 $9,011,126

    2017 $14,216,726

    2016 $15,307,784

    2015 $19,953,656

    2014 $15,239,280

    2013 $9,289,755

    2012 $5,440,641

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