Sida's work in Palestine
Over 20 percent of the Palestinians live in poverty, and over two million people are in need of humanitarian aid, most of them living in Gaza. The aim of Sida's development cooperation with Palestine is a peaceful and sustainable two-state solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict based on international law.
Progress has been made
Parental leave for women
While Palestine is lagging behind in terms of gender equality, one improvement in recent years has been the introduction of an entitlement to 70 days of maternity leave for working women.
High levels of education
The level of education in Palestine is high and almost all young people are literate.
Management of waste
Over recent years, growing awareness of the importance of combating littering has led to increasing quantities of household waste being collected, sorted and taken to waste management facilities.
Palestinians are unemployed. The situation is most acute in Gaza.
The occupation hinders development
The Israeli occupation continues to present the greatest obstacle to Palestine’s development.
Civil society is under pressure
Civil society organisations remain under pressure and continue to face threats and violence.
Two types of aid in Palestine
In Palestine, Sida implements development cooperation to contribute to long-term development of the country. We also provide humanitarian assistance to save lives and alleviate suffering in emergency situations.
Updated: 8 September 2021