Poverty Reduction and Economic Empowerment
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.
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.