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Support to Village Councils in the West Bank


Direction du Développement de la Coopération (Suisse)

Titre : Support to Village Councils in the West Bank

Pays/Région : Autorité Palestinienne

Durée : 01.07.2019 - 31.10.2021

Switzerland will support Village Councils in the West Bank to improve the delivery of basic services in rural areas with a focus on those situated in Area C. Switzerland’s support aims at empowering selected local government units to deliver needed public services, while supporting an enhanced engagement of women, youth and people with disabilities, to improve local accountability processes. This intervention will be realized through dedicated funding to a local governance programme implemented by GIZ.

Projet en bref
* Contexte : The Palestinian Authority (PA) has allocated scant resources to developing rural areas situated in Areas B and C of the West Bank : local government units (Village Councils) are generally unable to provide basic public services and they are often not in position to maintain available public infrastructure, what has further increased social and economic marginalization. Village Councils in Area C (covering ca. 300’000 persons) face additional challenges posed by the illegal and discriminatory planning system implemented by the Israeli Civil Administration : their access to/control over land and natural resources as well as to public services are dramatically constrained. As a consequence, the economic, political, institutional and social development gaps among urban and rural areas have continued to widen, what has led the PA to initiate systematic efforts to improve the capacities of Village Councils to deliver basic services and to encourage joint efforts and investment to reduce their number.
* Objectifs  : Improving the performance of selected Palestinian Village Councils (VCs) with special attention to those in Area C, as well as ensuring vulnerable groups (women, youth and people with disabilities) participate actively in local planning processes
* Groupes cibles  : Local authorities in VCs Citizens in rural areas of West Bank with a focus on women, youth and persons with disabilities Staff of Ministry of Local Government directorates

Budget de la Suisse  : CHF 1’182’500

Présentation : Coopération Suisse

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