Palestinian Infrastructure for Needed Employment Program (PINE)

April 14, 2013 ANERA
Categories:
Agriculture, Economic Development, Gaza, Job Creation, West Bank
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In the West Bank and Gaza, ANERA created construction jobs and directed funds into environmentally safe activities as well as into clean-up and sanitation activities.

The Reality

Infrastructure in the West Bank and Gaza is in constant need of repair and updates to meet the demands of a young and growing Palestinian population. Young men and women are in dire need of training and resources that will endow them with the skills necessary for success in the workplace.

ANERA’s Response

ANERA received a $3.7 million grant from USAID to implement the Palestinian Infrastructure for Needed Employment program (PINE) from 2004 to 2006. The program focused on improving the education and youth services infrastructure in rural areas and associated urban communities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip where schools and preschools needed renovation, replacement, and expansion.

How It Worked

The program created 49,000 quick-starting, short-and long-term employment opportunities that were distributed among a wide number of needy individuals. PINE assured the greatest possible multiplier effect on local economies, as these jobs were given to individuals who re-spent their wages on locally produced foodstuffs and other products. ANERA created construction jobs and directed funds into into clean-up and sanitation activities that led to environmental improvements.

ANERA built new schools, added classrooms to others and renovated kindergartens. The PINE project benefited around 12,000 people in rural and urban communities throughout the West Bank and Gaza.