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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: This summary was written prior to the creation of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

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50K

Children supported by FCDO in primary and lower secondary education

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source

7K

Children completing primary education supported by FCDO

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source

Sectors

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

Budget More information about project status

Project budget total by year approved at the project level to date.

£65.3M

2020/2021

Implementing Partners
Partner(s) Active Projects
British Council 1
Oxford Policy Management 5
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) 4
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) 2
Palladium International Ltd (UK) 2
Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) 2
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 2
IMC Worldwide 2
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) 3

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