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Breaking the cycle of vulnerability in one of the world’s most protracted crises

ACTED in the occupied Palestinian Territory (oPT) continues its commitment to support the most vulnerable of Palestinians, whether it be rural communities deprived of access to basic services, Gazan civilians trying to resume a normal life, or young graduates struggling to enter the workforce. Building on the strong network of partners it has established since its first project in the Territory in 2007, ACTED strives to empower its beneficiaries throughout all its activities, giving them the means to tackle their challenges themselves despite a stalled political context and a 50-year-old crisis.

Humanitarian needs and development challenges in the oPT remain driven by the stalled peace process, which impacts all aspects of daily life. In Gaza, reconstruction has been slow due to the security measures imposed on the Palestinian enclave, and many civilians who lost their homes still struggle to rebuild. In the West Bank and East Jerusalem, restriction on movements of goods and persons impede access to basic services while strongly reducing economic opportunities, leading to a stagnant economy and job market. In a context of gridlocked political process, Palestinians have no choice but to find new ways to escape the vulnerability cycle by themselves

Supporting Gazans to build back better

Following the wide-scale destruction that occurred during the 2014 conflict in Gaza, ACTED and its partners MA’AN and ACAD have been supporting the reconstruction of homes and agricultural assets, such as water carrying lines and irrigation equipment. Rather than conducting the needed works directly, ACTED adopted a self-recovery approach by providing the affected population with the technical and material support needed to enable rebuilding homes and infrastructure by themselves. This approach ensures the sustainability, quality and local ownership of assistance, while ensuring beneficiaries are better equipped to deal with future shocks.

Economic empowerment of youth and women

Without clear political horizon, numerous young Palestinians turn to education with the hope of improving their future. However, the political and security instability has dire impacts on the private sector and the job market (in 2016, the unemployment rate among young graduates reached 63%). In close collaboration with Palestinian civil society organisations and the private sector, ACTED and its partner PYALARA run employment centres in Ramallah and Gaza to link the youth and women with employers and equip them with the soft skills they need to enter the workforce and carve their future for themselves.

 

Partners in 2016 :

EuropeAid, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Office for The Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

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