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Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT)

Summary

FCDO’s programme in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) is supporting the UK’s Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) policy by building Palestinian institutions and promoting economic growth, so that any future state will be stable, prosperous, well run and an effective partner for peace with Israel. The OPTs are one of the poorest parts of the region with a GDP per capita of $1,679 in 2012. After several years of high growth, averaging 8% between 2007 and 2011, the Palestinian economy has slowed. Lack of meaningful progress in the MEPP and continuing movement and access restrictions have dampened private sector investment. The situation in Gaza is particularly concerning with the economy shrinking by 17% in the 6 years to 2011. A quarter of Palestinians are currently unemployed and only 15% of women are in the labour force.

Top priorities

  • helping the Palestinian Authority to build strong institutions and enable them to deliver essential services including policing, health and education
  • promoting private sector growth to stimulate the economy and create jobs
  • providing humanitarian assistance and support to the vulnerable

Further resources

FCDO Operational Plan for Occupied Palestinian Territories
Occupied Palestinian Territories page on GOV.UK website

Note: Many country summaries were written prior to the creation of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and are being incrementally refreshed.
Disclaimer: Country borders do not necessarily reflect the UK Government's official position.

Top projects in Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT)

Children supported to gain a decent education.

70K

2015 - 2020 Source Information
People reached with humanitarian assistance (food aid, cash and voucher transfers) through DFID support.

98K

2015 - 2020 Source Information
People with sustainable access to clean water and/or sanitation through DFID support.

60K

2015 - 2020 Source Information

Sectors and budgets in Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT)

Help with Sector and Budget Figures
Please note that although budgets are generally split by year, some departments publish budgets that span multiple years. These are represented in the first year of their allocation. Cross-government allocations such as Prosperity Fund and Conflict, Stability and Security Fund are known to duplicate budgets published by other departments, as well as using multi-year budgets.

Sectors

Sectors groups as a percentage of country budgets according to the Development Assistance Committee's classifications.

Budget

Programme budget total by year approved at the Programme level to date.

Current finacial year - 2023/2024 £69.9M

Download IATI Activity Data for Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT)


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