Gaza Vulnerable Communities Development- GVCD (Phase 1)

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).

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Autorité Palestinienne
Droits de la personne
Droits de la personne (y compris droits des femmes)
Assainissement d'eau
01.10.2017 - 31.12.2021
CHF  3’400’000
Contexte 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.
Objectifs Vulnerable communities in targeted Municipalities enjoy improved access and voice in local service delivery and decision-making
Groupes cibles
  • 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.
Effets à moyen terme
  • 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

Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • 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).

Principaux résultats antérieurs:   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.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
ONG internationale ou étrangère
  • SDC Field Office

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs
  • 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 Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    3’400’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    2’902’390
Phases du projet Phase 1 01.10.2017 - 31.12.2021   (Phase en cours)