The main international donor frameworks agreed with the Palestinian Authority (PA) — including the Early Recovery Plan for Gaza — call for efficient institutional capacity and coordination modalities and mechanisms to be in place; for clear, transparent and efficient state functions for implementing the planned development and recovery processes; and, for EU funded projects, to be in accordance with EU applicable rules and procedures as well as planning and programming criteria and approaches.
In this context, Human Dynamics, as a consortium leader, has been engaged since September 2014 to improve the speed, quality, accountability and effectiveness of EU aid to the Palestinian Authority. Work has involved direct specialist assistance — to line ministries/authorities involved in both long-term planning and day-to-day management of EU aid in the West Bank/East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip — so as improve the PA’s capacities in policy and project cycle management and in institutional development. Our team have been working with four key ministries: the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Works and Public Housing, the Palestinian Water Authority, and the Ministry of Justice.
Given the inherent complexities of the Palestinian context — as well as the ongoing process of gradual decentralisation of the design, planning, programming, implementation, supervision, monitoring and evaluation competences of donor coordination, — the challenges in this project are huge. However, Human Dynamics has the experience and skills to work within such a complex environment, and our team of specialists are working alongside the individual beneficiaries to ensure that the outcomes are achieved.