As we mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, millions of people across Asia and the Pacific are trying to pick up the pieces of their lives after being hit by a relentless barrage of tropical storms, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Sadly many people died in these disasters.More
Statement by Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Whether as a result of insufficient income, or lack of access to essential services, increasing numbers of Palestinians are living below the poverty line of less than US$2 a day. With current figures standing at approximately 70% of the population, continues to work to alleviate this alarming trend.
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.
In 2010, UNDP/PAPP supported several bold initiatives in the field of economic development and poverty reduction. Under the rubric of MDG achievement, UNDP/PAPP prioritizes assistance to the most vulnerable communities and families in the occupied Palestinian territory. UNDP’s work on the strategies and policies for poverty reduction is anchored in three basic principles – the multidimensionality of poverty, the centrality of gender equality and the critical importance of an integrated approach. Poor people should not only benefit equitably from economic growth, they should have the opportunity to actively contribute to its generation.
Ultimately, and as stated in our Mid-Term Strategic Framework, UNDP/PAPP’s poverty reduction strategy promotes sustainable livelihoods, economic recovery, and self-reliance. Consequently, our efforts mainly serve the following four areas: i) promotion of private sector productivity, employment schemes, and micro-entrepreneurship, ii) social safety nets for the most vulnerable families, iii) integrated agricultural management, and iv) basic infrastructure for improved service delivery. We are also contributing to poverty monitoring and collection of basic data through poverty scorecards. In doing so, UNDP works concretely with both communities and other non-State Actors such as the private sector and NGOs as well as different key line-Ministries.
Deprived Families Economic Empowerment Programme (US$34 million): This poverty reduction programme is expected to help 12,000 families in the oPt through access to promotional social safety net activities’ packages and financial services. In addition, the programme will enhance the capacity and effectiveness of a number of microfinance institutions throughout the West Bank and Gaza to provide credit facilities for small scale entrepreneurs.
Employment Generation Programme (EGP): Through this programme, over €71 million have been allocated by the German Government, through its development bank, KfW, for the implementation of 456 small-scale infrastructure projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Projects include construction of roads, water networks, stadiums, community service building, woman and youth centers, clinics, etc. In addition, over 700,000 short-term workdays have been generated as well as numerous permanent job opportunities.
15.03.2012 – UNDP Youth Dialogue on Decent Work and Employment in the occupied Palestinian territory: The United Nations Development Programme, ILO, UNFPA and SHAREK Youth Forum in cooperation with the Ministry of labour organized a discussion with Palestinian youth on decent work in the occupied Palestinian territory. The event gave the youth a forum to discuss employment policies as well as skill and professional development. Cases of success stories and lessons learnt were shared with the audience in addition to employment policies. The closing session was a summation of the day and a discussion led by panel members H.E. Ahmad Majdalani, Minister of labour, Ali Mhana, Chamber of Commerce, Mounir Kleibo, ILO Representative, Saher Saed, Palestine General Federation of Labor Unions and Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative.
07.07.2011 - A vehicle for poverty reduction - UNDP launches export development project for Palestinian businesses: The Palestinian National Trade Promotion Organization (PalTrade) and the United Nations Development Programme marked the launch of a 4 year export development project to further strengthen Palestinian capacities in using trade as a vehicle for employment generation. The project is supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and will be implemented in cooperation with the International Trade Center (ITC). The project will focus on increasing trading opportunities for Palestinian businesses, including PalTrade, and other Palestinian micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with exporting potential.
31.03.2011 - UNDP Creates Employment Opportunites for Youth in Gaza:The United Nations Development Programme/Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People launched a job creation project that supports youth in Gaza funded by the Government of Japan for the amount of US$756,276. The project, targeting 230 fresh university graduates from Gaza, will be implemented by the Palestinian Non-governmental Organizations Network (PNGO). The project aims at enhancing the status of young Gazan young graduates through providing them with professional training and income generation opportunities through job placements at around 100 CSOs in the Gaza Strip. More