Gaza Vulnerable Communities Development- GVCD (Phase 1)

Progetto concluso

In the first phase of this project, SDC will support selected Municipalities in the Gaza Strip to improve the delivery of services through the Municipal Development and Lending Fund (MDLF): small-scale infrastructure projects targeting vulnerable communities and capacity development activities to enhance the participation of these communities in local decision-making processes will be implemented. This project is aligned with Palestine National Policy Agenda (2017-2022), and Swiss Cooperation Strategy for the oPt (2015-2018).

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Territorio palestinese occupato
Diritti umani
Diritti dell'uomo (diritti delle donne inclusi)
Igieniche d'aqua
01.10.2017 - 31.12.2021
CHF  3’400’000
Contesto In the fragile context of the Gaza Strip, the Municipalities’ ability to provide mandated services to their citizens has been curtailed by the compounded impact of Israeli Occupation including armed conflicts, the 10-year closure of the Strip, and the intra-Palestinian divide especially the latest decisions taken by the two rival authorities. Facing general de-development trends and increased poverty, they are dependent on support provided through the Municipal Development Programme (MDP) of which SDC is a donor. Most of these Municipalities, in particular the smaller ones, are unable to address the specific needs of vulnerable communities, whose voices are too often not heard in local decision-making processes.
Obiettivi Vulnerable communities in targeted Municipalities enjoy improved access and voice in local service delivery and decision-making
Gruppi target
  • Vulnerable communities living in 5-6 Municipalities (in the Eastern side of the Gaza Strip from middle to south (ca. 100’000 residents)
  • Neighbourhood Committees, civic groups (youth, women, etc), and local civil society organisations active in the above selected municipalities
  • Municipal councils and Technical staff in the selected municipalities as well MDLF Gaza based staff.
Effetti a medio termine
  • Improved and accountable service delivery for vulnerable communities
  • Strengthened accountability of targeted Municipalities towards citizens    and civic groups (youth, women and Neighbourhood Committees) participating in local decision-making processes

Risultati principali attesi:  

  • 10-15 infrastructure projects are implemented to  respond to the needs of vulnerable communities (gender sensitive)
  • Maintenance checklist developed jointly with community representatives
  • Local CSOs are trained on MDLF’s Civic Participation and Social Accountability Guidelines
  • Municipal authorities, civil groups and citizens are trained on civic participation (CP) and social accountability (SA).
  • Vulnerable communities hold municipal authorities and service providers accountable in all stages of infrastructure projects (planning, implementation, monitoring).

Risultati fasi precedenti:   SDC-supported HIMII (See Annex 9) and its contribution to reconstruction after the 2014 war (MDP Window 5) have resulted in small-scale infrastructure (water/sewage network, and road connections), and in behavioural changes between citizens and Municipalities. These interventions demonstrated the relevance and adequacy of targeting “vulnerable communities” in the local governance sector in the oPt, in addition to the participation in the MDP.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
ONG internazionale o straniera
  • SDC Field Office

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori
  • 7F-07621.02 MDP3
  • 7F-09404.01 Gaza Participatory Spatial Planning
  • 7F-09403.01 Support to Village Councils (with  focus on Area C (West Bank only)
  • Support to civil society initiatives/culture  (CFTA 7F03095.07, Qattan 7F-08809.01)
  • Close coordination with MoLG/MDLF
  • Synergies with other domains especially RoL
Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    3’400’000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    2’988’259
Fasi del progetto Fase 2 01.01.2022 - 31.12.2024   (Fase in corso)

Fase 1 01.10.2017 - 31.12.2021   (Completed)