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UNFPA in Palestine

UNFPA State of Palestine is currently implementing its 6th Programme Cycle (2018 – 2022). The proposed programme was designed based on the results of a thematic evaluation for the gender programme, project evaluation under the RH programme and the country case study on the support to the census conducted by UNFPA evaluation office. Recommendations and lessons learned from the fourth country programme evaluation were also used. The main lesson learned from all these evaluations is the need to bridge between humanitarian and development programming. Accordingly, emergency preparedness, humanitarian response and resilience are mainstreamed across all programme outputs.

The sixth country programme is aligned with UNFPA Strategic Plan (2014 – 2017), and it will contribute to the National Policy Agenda and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particular SDGs 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 16 and 17. The programme will also contribute directly to the second United Nations Development Assistance Framework for Palestine.  The programme will target the most vulnerable while investing resources to reduce vulnerabilities, strengthen communities and institutional and system resilience in the medium to long term. Simultaneously it will also focus on emergency preparedness and response to the protracted and at times acute crises that affect vulnerable communities in specific areas in Gaza, Area C, and East Jerusalem.

Palestine has had a Humanitarian Response Plan for the past 15 years. Accordingly, the situation requires that UNFPA modes of engagement to also include targeted capacity development and service delivery. The programme will also utilize knowledge management, advocacy and policy dialogue as strategies to promote reproductive health and rights, increase coverage of postnatal care, reduce unmet need for family planning, empower young people, and effectively respond to gender based violence. Innovative approaches, such as using new technologies that were tested during the fifth cycle will be applied.