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 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.