Australia provides humanitarian and development assistance to the Palestinian Territories to meet the basic needs of Palestinian refugees, support civil society programs to improve livelihoods for rural communities, and to improve the governance capacity of the Palestinian Authority. Australia is supporting the Middle East Peace Process by encouraging the development of a capable and well-governed Palestinian state.
Australia has invested $148.9 million for development assistance in the Palestinian Territories over the last three years. Some of the key results include:
- helping more than 490,000 Palestine refugee children attend UNRWA schools, with girls constituting 50 per cent of enrolments
- supporting 4200 UNRWA health workers to provide health care to Palestinian refugees in 139 centres in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan
- in partnership with UNICEF, funding the upgrading of water and sanitation facilities in 111 Palestinian schools since 2009
- increasing incomes and food security for more than 50,000 vulnerable Palestinians.
More results can be viewed under the ‘see our results’ tab above.
Australia expects to provide $55.2 million in development assistance to the Palestinian Territories in 2012–13. Australia remains committed to delivering results in the Palestinian Territories. We will:
- support UNRWA‘s implementation of widespread health reforms
- support UNICEF to improve water, sanitation and hygiene in 207 Palestinian schools
- support the Palestinian Authority to improve the delivery of services to Palestinians including health, education, water, sanitation, communications, and infrastructure.
More on expected outcomes can be viewed under the ‘See our results tab’ above.