Contribution to the CRDP for Area C and East Jerusalem
The overall program goal is to strengthen the resilience of Palestinians living in Area C (West Bank) and East Jerusalem by facilitating recovery and development interventions and empowering local communities. A special focus on gender and the role of women is guiding program interventions.
The expected results of the Community Resilience and Development Programme are:
- Improved public and social infrastructure in Area C and East Jerusalem;
- Improved access to and protection of natural resources;
- Enhanced economic opportunities through supporting livelihoods in these areas and
- upholding the rights of Palestinian citizens in these areas through institutional and human resources development,
legal protection, advocacy and community participation and mobilization.
The ADA contribution shall be allocated to implement a number of interventions in Area C and East Jerusalem. For Area C, the action will target two geographic clusters: one in Tubas Area C (north of the Jordan Valley) comprising of 17 communities and another cluster in Qalqiliya Area C (in the north-west of the West Bank) comprising of 9 communities. With the support of the ADA contribution, UNDP aims at achieving, for instance, the following:
An average of 270 school students in Area C shall have access to improved education. Around 200 Palestinians living in East Jerusalem are expected to improve their right to proper and decent housing. Five communities in Area C shall improve their access to health services benefiting at least 200 households (around 1,400 people). In addition, it is expected that around 850 Palestinians will improve their access to electricity especially in herding communities, Moreover, access of at least 20 communities to water in Area C communities will be improved and as a result, around 2,000 people will increase their water supply for both domestic and agricultural purposes. With regard to business initiatives and job opportunities, 150 households (around 1,050 people) in 20 communities in Area C will be supported through land reclamation and other relevant economic activities.
These results will be achieved through strengthening the institutional capacity of targeted village councils and community based organizations, the addition of school units, provision of solar panels, support to housing cooperatives, rehabilitation of health clinics, rehabilitation of springs, water cisterns as well as water networks, reclamation of land, rehabilitation of agricultural roads, support to new or existing business initiatives and support to legal protection of communities and community initiatives aiming at promoting the rights of Palestinians.
When selecting implementing partners, the CRDP relies on principles such as their ability to build collaborative relationships and reputable standing with other sectors and their ability to implement a project (highlighting the gender focus).
The targeted communities in Area C and East Jerusalem have been identified as a result of a thorough analysis of a number of economic and development indicators. Area C comprises 62% of the West Bank and is currently under full Israeli administrative and security control. In total there are 298,000 Palestinians living in Area C and approximately 370,000 Palestinians living in East Jerusalem.