WFP, UNICEF, ILO and the Ministry of Social Development provide assistance to people with disabilities in Hebron

EAST JERUSALEM – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Palestinian Ministry of Social Development have provided cash assistance for people with disabilities in Hebron, West Bank, providing immediate assistance to more than 13,000 of the most vulnerable.

Some 2,500 families with one or more disabled members will receive this assistance. The cash amount will vary depending on the number of disabled members per family.

The SDG Joint Fund – an inter-agency mechanism for integrated policy support and strategic funding – provided US$456,000 to fund the response. The SDG Fund is an inter-agency mechanism for integrated policy support and strategic funding. This initiative marks an important step towards the reform of social safety nets in Palestine.

The Joint SDG Fund has allocated $2 million to support and accelerate broader social protection reform efforts led by the Palestinian Ministry of Social Development under a joint UN project. This pilot project is a first step, targeting the most vulnerable groups, starting with families with people with disabilities.

“This partnership is an essential first step in building strong and resilient national systems to ensure that we can continue to support the people we serve in all settings and under all circumstances,” said Samer AbdelJaber, WFP Representative and Director of the county for Palestine.

Over the past year, the back-to-back shocks of COVID-19 and the global spike in food and fuel prices, exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, have left hundreds of thousands of Palestinians unable to support themselves. their basic needs. In the absence of a national safety net, these families depend solely on humanitarian aid to survive.

About 6% of the Palestinian population lives with some form of disability, this figure rises to 15% among the population over 70 years old. By piloting this project, the joint program aims to identify, target and provide immediate assistance to families facing the cost of care in the context of a serious financial crisis.

“The pilot project comes at a critical time when the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of preparing national institutions to respond to shocks and emergencies in a rapid and effective manner,” said the Representative of the ILO, Mounir Kleibo.

WFP provides its cash-based platform service and oversees the process of targeting and delivering aid, through existing WFP voucher cards that families can redeem at agency-contracted shops. in Yatta, Hebron, the ILO is overseeing an evaluation to capture and extract lessons and recommendations from this pilot project.

In addition to providing immediate relief, the results of this pilot project will help inform future policy recommendations and capacity-building measures to ensure that all Palestinians, especially the most vulnerable, have a reliable social safety net. and inclusive to fall back on when needed.

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Joel C. Hicks