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Cross Cutting Themes

 A Palestinian Engineer inspects solar panels on the roof of Al-Falah Medical Center, Gaza.
A Palestinian Engineer inspects solar panels on the roof of Al-Falah Medical Center in Gaza. Ahmed Zaqout/World Bank

The PID MDTF puts a special emphasis on mainstreaming the cross-cutting themes across all PID projects. Among the World Bank’s cross-cutting initiatives, most relevant to the PID MDTF portfolio are (a) addressing and narrowing gender gaps, (b) promoting citizen engagement, and (c) strengthening resilience to climate change. 

The past few years have seen exceptional stresses on Palestinian women, who already face existing challenges with structural and normative inequities.  

PID MDTF has increased its efforts to address and narrow gender gaps identified.

  • The PID MDTF has provided implementation support on gender since January 2020.
  • All PID co-financed projects have robust Gender Action Plans (GAP), gender outcomes are built into results frameworks, and the implementation of gender activities is supported by gender units and gender focal points.
  • A new Advisory Service and Analytics (ASA) on Social Inclusion and Citizen Engagement has a focus on gender and gender-based violence.

Citizen engagement (CE) is defined by the World Bank as the two-way interaction between citizens and governments that gives citizens a stake in decision-making with the objective of improving development outcomes.

The PID MDTF has supported the PA in strengthening CE by promoting grievance redress, complaints, and feedback mechanisms across sectors, and supporting awareness raising and public engagement campaigns.

  • All projects approved since FY19 are reporting on citizen engagement indicators in their Implementation Status and Results Reports (ISRs).
  • A three-year programmatic ASA on CE and Social Inclusion was launched in FY22. It will strengthen the work of the WB&G program on socially sustainable and inclusive development.
  •  The ASA focuses on three areas:
  1. socially sustainable and inclusive development, especially social risk management and vulnerable groups.
  2. gender and gender-based violence; and
  3. CE and social accountability, focusing on strengthening transparency, citizen participation, and social accountability.

The WB&G is highly vulnerable to climate change. The World Bank Group’s Climate Change Action Plan for 2021-2025 and the Middle East & North Africa Climate Road Map for 2021-2025 focus on the integration of climate and development goals.

The PID MDTF’s co-financed projects support and facilitate priority measures for climate adaptation and mitigation.

The PID has climate co-benefits of 60 percent, exceeding the corporate target of 45 percent.

A new Country Climate Development Report (CCDR) was launched in November 2023. The report identifies and prioritizes development interventions that are climate-responsive and have a high potential for impact in terms of bridging existing development gaps and strengthening resilience. The report also identifies priority needs in strengthening institutions and supporting a whole-of-the-PA approach.

Last Updated: Mar 28, 2024

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    The PID MDTF brings together the World Bank, donors, and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to address the priority development needs of the Palestinian people in the infrastructure sectors—water, urban/local government, land, and energy sectors.
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