With support from the World Bank, the PA was able to achieve the following results:
Governance: Public Financial Management: Since early 2013, the Ministry of Finance’s monthly and quarterly reports have provided the full picture for each category of transfers for all units of the Palestinian Authority. Fiscal Reform: the PA has worked to boost domestic tax revenues by strengthening tax enforcement and improving administrative procedures; reduced the growth of the wage bill through a zero net hiring of civil workers policy; and assisted municipalities in improving their financial and fiscal performance. Public procurement: the Higher Council for Public Procurement Policy has been established and staffed, and the amended public procurement law signed by the President, with regulations adopted by the Cabinet.
Inclusion: The World Bank has been instrumental in creating momentum for social safety net reform through additional finance for the Cash Transfer Project. The reform effort, supported by the Cash Transfer Program and led by the Ministry of Social Affairs, has established an effective poverty-targeting database as well as the systematic use of the banking system to provide and monitor cash transfers. Important results have also emerged in the education, pension, and NGO sectors. The Bank is supporting NGOs to provide social services to those who are poor, vulnerable, or marginalized, and strengthening the institutional capacity of these organizations.
Jobs: Improving the business enabling environment has been the focus of investment and analytical work, and partnerships have been developed between education institutions and the business community for the better training of youth. The World Bank has maintained a robust analytical program that has assisted the PA’s monitoring of the impact of restrictions on economic activity and promoting private sector-led growth. A recently completed Investment Climate Assessment identified constraints and drivers of growth for the private sector in the West Bank and Gaza.
Growth: With support from the World Bank and a number of donors, the PA has improved the institutional frameworks for, and access to, water and sanitation, solid waste management, electricity, and municipal service delivery through investments and analytical work. Municipal management practices have improved and greater transparency has been achieved. The Bank has helped analyze the infrastructure needs in Gaza and supported the rehabilitation of dilapidated infrastructure there. A World Bank study, published in October 2013, has analyzed the economic potential of Area C of the West Bank.