More Job Opportunities for Palestinian Youth

The project that was implemented by GIZ and DVV International on behalf of BMZ from July 2016 – July 2017 aimed at securing income for unemployed women and men in West Bank and Gaza through implementing three projects in cooperation with three national non-governmental organisations:

- The project with the Palestinian Working Women Society for Development (PWWSD) in the West Bank, aimed at increasing income for unemployed women in West Bank through implementing the initiative of “Rural Women Cooperatives - enhancing women's economic participation (Northern & Central West Bank)”. 20 unemployed women from 3 existing women’s cooperatives in addition to 10 individual women from across the West Bank were supported in developing their technical capacities and in strengthening the quality and quantity of their production. This has been achieved through on-job training and technical supervision, production development support, sub-contracting, and provision of legal and management assistance to target women’s cooperatives, groups and individual women.

- The project with Dar Al Kalima University College for Arts and Culture in the West Bank, aimed at increasing income for unemployed women and men in West Bank through implementing the initiative “Products of Palestine – Youth Talents in the Market (Southern West Bank)”. In order to achieve this aim, the youth were supported in involvement in the labour market and in generating income through carrying out a one day product exhibition followed by exhibit agreements with talented youth graduates, to showcase their products and also to introduce their work to the job market.

- The project with El Amal Rehabilitation Society in Gaza Strip, aimed at increasing income for unemployed women and men in Gaza through implementing the initiative “The Kitchen - increased competitiveness of local food production in Gaza”. We worked on enhancing income generation for at least 60 unemployed youth through development of the productive kitchen unit and creating secured market for 5 new food production lines. 60 youth were targeted in training/ coaching activities. 52 of them signed contracts with El Amal for paid work in August 2017 - August 2018 within the agreements/ tenders/ orders that the Kitchen of El Amal will secure/ win during this duration.

Within these three initiatives, new visions were developed with the partner civil society organisations in terms of how they look at providing the adult education services that were targeted at the project in the field of economic empowerment and linking it to training courses, competency-based education and training through work. DVV International provided its expertise and technical support during the implementation of the project in terms of learning methods and methodologies used and the development of competencies for specific training in line with the strategic directions of adult education in achieving the personal and professional development of individuals to achieve social and economic change.

The German Association for Adult Education worked with partner organisations to develop sustainability plans for the initiatives as well as to conduct visits and follow-up meetings and provide advice in order to advance the courses of action and meet the challenges that accompany the work process. In addition, DVV International supported the initiatives in continued search and networking with new and qualitative initiatives by encouraging networking and cooperation with the labour market and relevant local and international organisations.

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