Sports, Infrastructure and Youth: Supporting the Stabilisation of Palestine

Project description

Title: Supporting the Stabilisation of Palestine
Commissioned by: German Federal Foreign Office
Lead exectuing agency: Palestinian Ministry of Finance
Country: Palestinian Territories 
Overall term: 2017 to 2019

GIZ_Hosam Salem_Maedchen beim Volleyballspiel, Gazastreifen

Context

The Palestinian territories have suffered crises and conflicts for decades. The people face restrictions on the freedom of movement, high unemployment and rising poverty. This has led to a deterioration in the delivery of social services and education to the largely young Palestinian population. The areas worst affected are the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The population expects the Palestinian Authority government to produce tangible and visible results.

Objective

Living conditions in marginalised parts of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have improved. This creates the basis for an independent, democratic, contiguous and viable state of Palestine within the framework of a two-state solution.

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Approach

Infrastructure for improving public social services: Six municipalities in the West Bank are building outpatient clinics, community centres, a nursery and a playground. These provide the population with improved access to health care and early childhood education, and also improve their better social and cultural lives. The project cooperates closely with Palestinian partners, including the Palestinian Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Local Government. The social infrastructure is provided by the responsible sector ministries. For example, the Ministry of Health supplies outpatient clinics with medical specialists, instruments and devices.

Improving the psychosocial welfare of children and adolescents in the Gaza Strip: Sports experts, psychologists and psychiatrists have joined up with GIZ to develop sports-based psychosocial opportunities for children and adolescents. These offerings are accessible to young people with disabilities, include options for those dealing with the effects of trauma and conflict, and teach people to cope with difficult conditions. Supervision and programmes for developing the knowledge and skills (capacity development) of coaches supplement the sports activities. In addition, there are awareness-raising measures for parents, which provide information on the possible consequences of trauma on the behaviour and development of children and how they as parents can provide support.

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Strengthening personal and social skills of adolescents: Young people in marginalised areas of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip enhance their personal and social skills to increase their resilience and capacity enabling them to participate in social processes in their local communities without resorting to violence.