Contribution to PEGASE for Vulnerable Palestinian Families 2015
The PEGASE Mechanism (Mécanisme Palestino-Européen de Gestion et d'Aide Socio-Economique') is the European Mechanism designed to assist the Palestinian Authority in its reform and development agenda by facilitating and supporting reforms and economic development.
PEGASE was originally designed for the years 2008-2010. Currently, it supports the third Palestinian National Plan (PNP, 2014-2016). PEGASE is designed to support the Reform and Development Agenda of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in its four main sectors of a) governance, b) social development, c) economic and private sector development and d) public infrastructure development.
Austria has been contributing to the social development component of PEGASE since 2008, with its grants going towards direct financial support to vulnerable Palestinian families in the West Bank and Gaza. The objective of this financial support is to ensure the continued assistance to poor and vulnerable Palestinian families dependent on financial aid from the Palestinian Authority (PA) administration. This contribution thus reinforces the social protection system and improves PA public finances in that it provides allowances to families who are beneficiaries of the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA) cash support programme.
The current grant is a continuation of this support to the Palestinian Social Protection System.