Since late-2000, the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) has been in deep crisis. The collapse of the economy, brought on by severe and sustained restrictions on access and movement of Palestinian goods and persons, has seen dramatic declines in living conditions, with soaring unemployment and poverty rates and marked reductions in household income and consumption levels.
In order to address the impact of the crisis on refugees, UNRWA is launching a new appeal for basic humanitarian needs. In total, the Agency is appealing for US$246,159,636 in emergency funds in 2007. Interventions will provide basic social safety net support, in the form of food aid, job creation and cash assistance, respond to increased demand on the agency’s health and environmental health services, and address the impact of conflict and non-conflict related violence on the most vulnerable. Additional capacity will ensure a more efficient, responsive and cohesive approach to emergency operations.