OPEC Fund for Development (OFID) Extends Grant to UNDP in Support of the Palestinian People – UNDP Press Release

OFID extends grant to UNDP in support of the Palestinian people

Nov 24, 2016

H.E. Suleiman J Al-Herbish, OFID Director-General, H.E. Hussein Al Araj, Palestinian Minister
 of Local Government, and Roberto Valent, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator
following the signing ceremony

Amman, Jordan, November 24, 2016.  The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has signed a US$1m grant agreement with the United Nations Development Programme/Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP). The grant will support Phase II of an initiative aimed at improving the living conditions of low-income Palestinian families in East Jerusalem by providing them with safe and affordable housing.

The agreement was signed by Suleiman J Al-Herbish, OFID Director-General, and Roberto Valent, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator, and witnessed by H.E. Hussein Al Araj, Palestinian Minister of Local Government, on the sidelines of the Palestinian Resilience Conference taking place on 24-25 November 2016.

At the signature ceremony, Al-Herbish said the new agreement underlined OFID’s long-term partnership with UNDP, which spanned nearly 40 years. He spoke of the “remarkable effectiveness and high social impact” of the first phase of the UNDP/PAPP initiative—also supported by OFID—that renovated 40 homes in marginalized areas.

It was this success that had encouraged OFID to lend its support to Phase II, which would ultimately “safeguard beneficiary communities’ existence and reinforce their social capital and cohesion.” Al-Herbish also gave Special Representative Valent his assurance of OFID’s continued commitment to UNDP/PAPP in working toward their common goal of “improving the livelihoods and prospects of the Palestinian People.”

Thanking Al-Herbish for OFID’s support, Roberto Valent, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator, highlighted that UNDP and OFID have a longstanding partnership with the Palestinian people. “UNDP is implementing OFID funded projects worth over US$9m in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip. These projects are critical to improving the livelihoods of the Palestinian people and supporting their resilience. With the new contribution, an additional 60 vulnerable families in East Jerusalem will benefit from enhanced living conditions.”

Phase II will rehabilitate houses in the areas of Al-Bustan, Al-Musrara, Al-Thouri, Silwan and Wadi Hilwe. Activities will focus on lower cost but high impact interventions in order to broaden the project’s scope and benefit additional households.

OFID’s previous grant support to UNDP/PAPP has helped:

•   enhance care treatments at the Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem
•   develop irrigation systems and water resources in the West Bank
•   provide renewable energy systems for St Joseph’s Hospital in East Jerusalem
•   upgrade maternity centers in Gaza
•   establish a neurology department at Al-Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem
•   create short- and medium-term employment opportunities
•   construct solar energy facilities for social infrastructure in Gaza

About The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)

OFID is the development finance institution established by the Member States of OPEC in 1976 as a collective channel of aid to the developing countries. OFID works in cooperation with developing country partners and the international donor community to stimulate economic growth and alleviate poverty in all disadvantaged regions of the world. It does this by providing financing to build essential infrastructure, strengthen social services delivery and promote productivity, competitiveness and trade. OFID’s work is people-centered, focusing on projects that meet basic needs – such as food, energy, clean water and sanitation, healthcare and education – with the aim of encouraging self-reliance and inspiring hope for the future.

About United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. For more information on UNDP’s work in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, visit www.ps.undp.org.


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