Occupied Palestinian Territory

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.

Mission context

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.

ACTED in occupied Palestinian Territory

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.

ACTED OPT 2017 © Wissam Sameer Mahmoud Nassar
A farmer is harvesting his zucchini fields rehabilitated with ACTED's support within its emergency rehabilitation of agricultural assets project in Southern Gaza - ACTED OPT 2017 ©Wissam Sameer Mahmoud Nassar
ACTED OPT 2017 © Wissam Sameer Mahmoud Nassar
A field rehabilitated within ACTED's project to rehabilitate agricultural assets in Southern Gaza - ACTED OPT 2017 © Wissam Sameer Mahmoud Nassar
ACTED OPT 2017 © Wissam Sameer Mahmoud Nassar
A farmer harvesting peas after receiving ACTED's support within its project to rehabilitate agricultural assets in Southern Gaza - ACTED oPT 2017 © Wissam Sameer Mahmoud Nassar
ACTED oPT 2017 © Wissam Sameer Mahmoud Nassar
A farmer harvesting peas after receiving ACTED's support within its project to rehabilitate agricultural assets in Southern Gaza - ACTED oPT 2017 © Wissam Sameer Mahmoud Nassar
ACTED OPT - 2017 ©Wissam Sameer Mahmoud Nassar
ACTED installed water carrying lines to support farmers resilience in eastern Gaza - ACTED OPT, 2017 © Wissam Sameer Mahmoud Nassar
ACTED oPT 2017 © Wissam Sameer Mahmoud Nassar
ACTED oPT 2017 © Wissam Sameer Mahmoud Nassar
A woman harvesting her peas field. She started to cultivate her land again for the first time since the conflict in Gaza in 2014, after receiving rehabilitation support and agricultural inputs from ACTED and local partner ACAD - ACTED oPT 2017 © Wissam Sameer Mahmoud Nassar

Current projects

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

Prepositioning for emergency response to natural and man-made disasters in the West Bank

Emergency rehabilitation and repair of shelters to minimum standards in the Gaza Strip

Humanitarian Support to contribute to the Protection of Palestinians in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem)

Emergency rehabilitation of agricultural assets in Southern Gaza

Integrated emergency shelter assistance to Palestinian refugees from Syria, Libya, Yemen and Iraq in the Gaza Strip

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