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Bethlehem, Ramallah-Al Bireh, Nablus, Hebron, and Gaza City

Traffic congestion, trash collection, water shortages and operating costs are challenges that urban planners face.

Urban growth in the Nablus urban area.
A new US$15 million grant

The World Bank approved a grant to improve sustainable economic opportunities for Palestinians through the IT sector.

Coding Academy for training of young graduates at Gaza Sky Geeks, 2019.
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Jun 17, 2020

The Fallout of War: The Regional Consequences of the Conflict in Syria

The Mashreq region has seen more than its share of deaths, economic losses, and instability for the last decade.

Jun 01, 2020

Economic Monitoring Report to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee

Twice yearly, the Bank reports on Palestinian economic development to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, a policy-level meeting for development assistance to the Palestinian people. The World Bank is secretariat to this body, ...

Apr 16, 2020

Palestinian Territories' Economic Update — April 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak seems to be largely weighing on economic activity. Living conditions are difficult with a quarter of the labor force unemployed and 24% of Palestinians living below the US$5.5 2011 PPP a day — even ...

Apr 09, 2020

MENA Economic Update: How Transparency Can Help the Middle East and North ...

The need for greater transparency comes as the MENA region faces unprecedented dual shocks from the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and the collapse in oil prices.

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