Congress releases $40M foreign aid to Palestinian Authority

By Jenny Lei Ravelo 02 January 2012

The U.S. Congress has freed up part of the aid package for the Palestinian Authority’s infrastructure and health projects it froze in August 2011. The $40 million assistance will be provided through the economic support fund account.

State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said “we’re gratified that 40 million has now been released” and that the department will continue its dialogue with Congress to secure additional funding for the country’s programs for the Palestinian people.


Congress placed a hold on the funds in an attempt to discourage the Palestinian Authority from seeking statehood at the United Nations.



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Jenny Lei Ravelo@JennyLeiRavelo

Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.

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