ACTED has been present in the West Bank since 2007 and in Gaza since 2008, with offices in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Gaza. The NGO supports vulnerable populations whose living conditions have deteriorated in recent years by addressing their urgent needs, supporting the rehabilitation and reconstruction of homes and agricultural asset, and, beyond emergency and recovery programming, by carrying out innovative initiatives to strengthen populations’ capacities in the areas of digital technologies, tourism and social entrepreneurship.
Humanitarian needs and development challenges in the occupied Palestinian Territory remain driven by the stalled peace process, which impacts all aspects of daily life. In Gaza, living conditions have increasingly deteriorated due to the last three conflicts and the recent energy crisis, which puts the local economy at risk. Access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure remains the most pressing need, and Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020 if major vulnerabilities remain unaddressed. Reconstruction has been slow, and over 60,000 shelters still need urgent rehabilitation. In the West Bank and East Jerusalem, restrictions on movements of goods and persons impede access to basic services while strongly reducing economic opportunities, leading to a stagnant economy and job market. These obstacles are reflected by an escalating unemployment rate: 27% in 2016, and 60% among youth.
Following the wide-scale damages caused by the 2014 conflict in Gaza, ACTED and its local partners have been supporting the reconstruction of homes and agricultural assets, assisting over 3,500 individuals in 2017. ACTED adopts a self-recovery approach, by providing the affected population with the technical and material support needed to enable them to rebuild 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.
In the West Bank and East Jerusalem, ACTED supports the most vulnerable Palestinians through development initiatives to empower women, youth and unemployed graduates in the sectors of digital technologies, tourism and social entrepreneurship. ACTED also responds to shocks such as natural disasters by providing cash and material assistance to affected households.
Supporting sustainable and inclusive growth in the occupied Palestinian Territory through digital inclusion
Upgrade and self-repair of vulnerable households’ substandard shelters in the Gaza Strip to prepare them for harsh weather conditions
Humanitarian Support to protect Palestinians in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem