Gaza Vulnerable Communities Development- GVCD (Phase 1)

Proyecto terminado

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).

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Territorio Palestino Ocupado
Derechos humanos
Derechos humanos (incluidos los derechos de las mujeres)
Saneamiento de agua
01.10.2017 - 31.12.2021
CHF  3’400’000
Contexto 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.
Objetivos Vulnerable communities in targeted Municipalities enjoy improved access and voice in local service delivery and decision-making
Grupos destinarios
  • 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.
Efectos a medio plazo
  • 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

Resultados previstos:  

  • 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).

Resultados de las fases anteriores:   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.

Dirección / Officina Federal responsable COSUDE
Crédito Cooperación al desarrollo
Contrapartes del proyecto Contraparte del contrato
ONG internacional o extranjera
  • SDC Field Office

Coordinación con otros proyectos y actores
  • 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
Presupuesto Fase en curso Presupuesto suizo CHF    3’400’000 Presupuesto actual suizo ya emitido CHF    2’988’259
Fases del proyecto Fase 2 01.01.2022 - 31.12.2024   (Fase en curso)

Fase 1 01.10.2017 - 31.12.2021   (Completed)