Mapping South-South Cooperation in the Arab States

Arab States

House Rehabilitation Project in East Jerusalem - Jerusalem; Palestine

Thursday, 25 June 2015 11:43 Written by 
  • Location(s): Palestine
  • Type(s): Solution
  • Theme(s): Crisis Prevention
  • SDG(s): 11. Sustainable cities and communities
  • Locations in the Arab States: Occupied Palestinian Territory
  • Types in the Arab States: Solution
  • Themes in the Arab States: Crisis Prevention
  • SDGs in the Arab States: 11. Sustainable cities and communities

Geographic Focus: The Islamic Development Bank (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

Thematic focus areas supported by the solution: Crisis Prevention and Recovery - Livelihoods and Economic Recovery

Development challenge and key achievements:

The Palestinian community in East Jerusalem requires approximately 1500 building permits each year. Unfortunately, Israel`s Jerusalem Municipality only issues 200 permits, which means that the Palestinian minority is obliged to build housing units illegally, which is later demolished by the Israeli Authorities under court orders, thousands of housing units are deteriorated, and are in need of imperative renovation and rehabilitation interventions to enable Jerusalemite families to preserve the basic rights of their existence and to contribute for the provision of adequate housing. Moreover, the current financial conditions for Jerusalemite families make these efforts almost impossible, which entail an urgent support by the donor community and organizations.

The comparative advantage of the solution:

The overall goal of this programme is to provide sustainable and continued efforts to ensure adequate, safe and affordable housing through renovation of dilapidated homes in East Jerusalem, to contribute in alleviating economic burdens by supporting the rehabilitation of housing units and creating job opportunities. The rehabilitation work is implemented through using the self-help modality, where beneficiaries are carrying out the implementation under the supervision of UNDP/PAPP team. In the first phase, more than 80 homes are completed.

Lessons Learned:

High social and economic impact of the Programme was recorded; IDB decided to implement the second phase, by additional USD 3.0 million, In addition to several commitments by other SS partners such as Oman and OPEC Fund.

Recent Annual Budget (USD): 3,000,000

Total Budget (USD): 3,000,000

Focal Point and Contact:
Johny Theodory
Infrastructure Unit, UNDP/PAPP
Jerusalem- OPT, 4A Yakubi
St., Jerusalem, 91191, P.O.
Box: 51359
Tel: +972548174148
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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