Jobs & urban growth from IT services in Occupied Palestinian Territories

Insights from the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Four presentations on Jobs & urban growth from IT services in Occupied Palestinian Territories presented at the DCED-BEAM Nairobi seminar in February 2018 by Arsalan Ali Faheem, Naomi Somerville-Large & Bill Grant (DAI), Ryan Sturgill (Mercy Corps).

1. An overview of the complexities involved in Market Systems Development in the Occupied Palestinian Territories including:

  • a struggling economy shackled by absence of sovereignty
  • restrictions on movement of goods and labour
  • a high population growth
  • GDP susceptible to crises and conflict
  • high donor dependence
  • high unemployment

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2. Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund (AWEF)
This programme aims to increase 150,000 women’s incomes and agency in Egypt, Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. It's focus is on WEE and a market systems approach.

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3. Accelerating Gaza’s tech ecosystem (SkyGeeks)

Gaza Sky Geeks (GSG) is the leading co-working space, pre-seed startup accelerator and technology education hub in Gaza. It aims to build an internationally competitive technology ecosystem in Palestine through online freelancing, outsourcing, and tech startups that creates high-salary jobs.

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4. Stimulating technology markets to tackle urban unemployment

A DFID-EU Palestinian Market Development Programme (PMDP) testing the market development approach in the Palestinian context. The programme aims to pilot market-based solutions to systemic constraints by introducing innovative business models in:

  • IT services
  • tourism
  • agriculture

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