The effect of power cuts is especially dire in Gaza, where the United Nations has warned of “disastrous consequences” from ongoing electricity shortages. “There are many challenges in the West Bank and Gaza, but perhaps the biggest among them is energy,” says Youssef Habesch, IFC’s resident representative for the West Bank and Gaza.
Digital financial services are still in their infancy in the West Bank and Gaza. Backed by the necessary regulatory advances, such services could become an important tool to increase the level and depth of access to financial services for Palestinians. Financial sector actors would benefit from the creation of a robust ecosystem for DFS that ...
WEST BANK AND GAZA. Boosting learning—and self-reliance—through solar power. With IFC’s support, nearly 500 schools across the West Bank will install solar arrays, making it easier for these girls in Jericho to study year-round. Photo: Issam Al-Rimawi/IFC. WEST BANK AND GAZA.
Bank and Gaza, and offers women entrepreneurs the opportunity to sell their products and services to the millions of tourists visiting the region annually. was created to facilitate networking and the exchange of ideas, challenges, and solutions. To address mobility constraints between Gaza and West Bank, the bank conducted sessions via
September 9, 2010 - Bank of Palestine is working closely with IFC in meeting several priority needs in the West Bank and Gaza, beginning with the offering of combined investment and advisory products. Over the past year, IFC’s Advisory Services team in Middle East and North Africa has been working hand-in-hand with the bank’s management to help it create a solid risk management system.
Ibtikar—which means ‘innovation’ in Arabic—focuses on tech start-ups that are majority-owned by Palestinians and that either operate in the West Bank and Gaza, or where most of its investment support will be spent. It offers both funding and support to start-ups to help them grow.
Protect & Invest in People: Human Capital in the Time of COVID-19. COVID-19 threatens to reverse gains in human capital outcomes by exposing weaknesses in health, education, and social protection systems. This event explores how immediate, longer-term, and forward-looking responses can lead to a more sustainable recovery.