Food security still top priority for Palestine donors

Children in a classroom at a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. Five percent of the amount of a funding request for Palestinian territories will go to education. Photo by: Shareef Sarhan / U.N.

The U.N. Office for Humanitarian Affairs has revised its consolidated appeal for the Palestinian territories. The bulk of the newly requested $401.6 million would go toward ensuring access to food.

The consolidated appeals process helps to coordinate aid initiatives of various humanitarian agencies, and the 2013 CAP for the Palestinian territories focuses on two strategic objectives: enhancing the protective environment for the most vulnerable communities in the territories and improving food security.

The bulk of the funding request 40 percent, or $160.8 million  will go toward programs on food security, OCHA said Jan. 24. Much of the rest would go toward:

  • Cash-for-work programs: $70.5 million (17 percent).

  • Agriculture: $30.8 million (8 percent).

  • Health and nutrition: $22.5 million (6 percent).

  • Education: $21.8 (5 percent).

  • Coordination and support services: $20.6 million (5 percent).

  • Water, sanitation and hygiene: $19.3 million (5 percent).

The 2012 CAP for the Palestinian territories received 68 percent ($277 million) of the requested funding ($412.8 million); food and cash-for-work programs received the most money.

Funding clearly remains an issue for people living in the Gaza and the West Bank. Earlier this week, a group of young Palestinians, in cooperation with the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, mounted a benefit concert to raise funds for conflict-torn Gaza. The amount pooled during the event was not specified.

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  • Louie-An Pilapil

    Louie-An is a former senior development analyst at Devex Manila. She has held consulting and editorial positions at the Asian Development Bank in Manila and a business-to-business media company in Hong Kong and mainland China.