Irish Aid in Palestine
Irish Aid’s assistance to the people of Palestine is poverty
focused with an emphasis on humanitarian and development
assistance. It aims to help the Palestinian people build
their institutions and infrastructure in a difficult economic and
political environment and strives to ensure that assistance to
Palestine helps those who are most in need. As part of its
commitment to assist the people of Palestine, Ireland opened a
Representative Office in Ramallah in 2000.
In 2007, over €7.5 million was provided by Irish Aid to meet the
humanitarian and development needs of the Palestinian people.
This represented a 70% increase on the amount provided in 2005 and
included support for the delivery of basic services, humanitarian
assistance in the form of core funding for the United Nations
Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), as well as support for human
rights and democratisation initiatives, rural development and
micro-projects focused on social regeneration.
At a pledging conference for the Palestinian State on 17 December
2007, Minister of State for Overseas Development, Michael Kitt
T.D., pledged additional assistance of €40 million to the
Palestinian people to assist in recovery, reconstruction and
development efforts, in the context of political agreement.
This sum will include significant support for the Palestinian
Authority as it builds the institutions of democratic statehood,
encourages sustainable economic development and provides vital
social services to the Palestinian people, prioritising the poorest
sections of society.
The Irish Government is committed to addressing the grave
humanitarian situation facing the particularly vulnerable
Palestinian refugee population. Irish Aid funding to the
United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was increased in
2007 to €3.8 million and a commitment was made to maintain the same
level of funding in 2008 and 2009. UNRWA is responsible for
the delivery of basic services, including education, health and
social services, to over 4.4 million Palestinian refugees in Gaza,
the West Bank, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.