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Deprived families economic empowerment program (DEEP)

Funded by: Islamic Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

In Cooperation with: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


The program aimed to alleviate poverty in the Palestinian territories, through economic empowerment for extremely poor families, in order to create productive families instead of aid receivers by establishing income generating projects.

Deprived families economic empowerment program (DEEP)
The program, funded by the Islamic Development Bank and implemented through UNDP by a number of Palestinian NGOs, had targeted 487 families (2200 male, 2500 female). Different types of interventions were established focusing on agricultural micro-generating income projects. PHG targeted different locations in the West Bank and Gaza distributed as follows:
  • Jerusalem area : 56 interventions
  • Ramallah District : 36 interventions
  • Northern area : 170 interventions
  • Southern area : 34 interventions
  • Gaza strip : 182 interventions
Interventions of micro-generating income projects, subsidy of water, and encouraging rainwater harvesting as a viable source had participated to eradicate poverty, it was estimated that these interventions will improve per capita income by 10 times by the end of 2015. This means that all of these families provided with sustainable projects will be pulled out of poverty by 2015. The project also resulted in a dramatic improvement in standards of living and livelihoods of the poor families particularly for women.
The final results of the project were that, some 30% will be pulled above the extreme poverty line and 30% from absolute poverty, while the poverty gap for 30% was minimized.
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