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Gaza: Overseas Aid

Question for Department for International Development

UIN 186931, tabled on 1 November 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to introduce a new economic development package in Gaza to (a) increase trade (b) support job creation and (c) enhance the supply of electricity and clean water.

Answered on

7 November 2018

In July 2018 the UK committed to provide up to £38 million over five years (2018-2023) to support economic development in Gaza and the West Bank. Through this programme we will increase trade and job creation across Gaza and the West Bank by helping to enable greater movement and access for people and goods. We will also provide support to facilitate the construction of the Gaza Central Desalination Plant, which will increase access to clean piped water and help replenish the Gaza aquifer, and in turn help Gazans access clean water. In addition, this UK aid programme will help to install solar panels for hospitals, businesses and households, increasing the availability of electricity in Gaza.

Since July 2018, we have been undertaking routine design and early-implementation stage activities, such as assessing implementing partners to ensure they meet DFID’s delivery standards, clarifying and agreeing roles and responsibilities, and setting out expected outcomes, results and timelines.