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Joint Statement

15.12.2023 — Position Occupied Palestinian territory
Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Ireland, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom call on Israel to take immediate and concrete steps to tackle record high settler violence in the occupied West Bank. 



Tender announcement: Fostering cultural and creative industries in the oPt

05.09.2023 — Local news Occupied Palestinian territory
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) through its Cooperation Office Gaza & West Bank seeks the services of a competent organisation to develop and implement a new SDC programme "fostering cultural and creative industries in the occupied Palestinian territory". The programme will benefit emerging artists, artist collectives and established institutions and aims to promote innovative business models, diversify cultural services and enhance the economic resilience of the sector.




Bridges to Growth: Gazan IT Talents Join Swiss Start-Ups and Research Labs

16.05.2023 — Local news Occupied Palestinian territory
April 8, 2023 marks a milestone for Ameer, Basem, Khaled, Mohammed and Nizar - five young and ambitious data science entrepreneurs from the Gaza Strip - as they embark on a life-changing journey to Switzerland. For the coming four months, these talented individuals are getting exposure to an international working environment as interns in Swiss start-ups and research laboratories at prestigious universities in Lausanne and Fribourg. 


Promoting a technology-driven Palestinian economy

18.10.2022 — Local news Occupied Palestinian territory
Switzerland invests in the digital transformation of Palestinian businesses and launches a new partnership between Birzeit and Al Najah universities and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL).


Innovation: a key component of Swiss support in oPt

06.04.2022 — Local news Occupied Palestinian territory
The visit of SDC Director General Patricia Danzi to the oPt underlined SDC’s engagement to foster innovation and entrepreneurship. Danzi considers that the digital economy has future because it opens horizons, opens borders and offers economic perspectives for youth.


Towards a Citizen-Centered Civic Service: Municipal One-Stop Shops Transform Public Services in the oPt.

11.03.2022 — Article Occupied Palestinian territory
Thousands of Palestinians benefit from the over 90 one-stop shops newly established in municipalities across the West Bank and Gaza. They offer an efficient way to deal with citizens requests and enhance the service oriented attitude of municipal administrations. Switzerland contributes to strengthen and modernize Palestinian municipalities in the frame of SDC’s Local Governance Programme in cooperation with the Ministry of Local Governance (MoLG), and the Municipal Development and Lending Fund (MDLF)


Supporting employment of Palestine refugees: matching emerging market needs with youth aspirations

15.12.2021 — Local news Occupied Palestinian territory
UNRWA provides young Palestine refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan with technical and vocational skills to access the labor market and to fulfil their aspirations. UNRWA Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programme (TVET) is renowned for both its quality and its pioneering role in curriculum development, and lately started engaging with digital transformation. SDC has recently established support to the programme, which is in line with our commitment to increase job opportunities by better linking private sector demand with the required skills of Palestine refugee youth. 



SDC Consultancy on Culture

16.09.2021 — Local news Occupied Palestinian territory
The cultural sector in Palestine:  SDC consultancy sheds light on opportunities and challenges

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