EU provides EUR 21 million to support families in need in the West Bank and Gaza
December 16, 2016
The European Union and Spain made a new contribution to the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) payment of social allowances to Palestinian families living in poverty in the West Bank and Gaza. Around 111,500 poor Palestinian families will receive social allowances through the PA’s Cash Transfer Programme (CTP).
This contribution of EUR 21 million (EUR 20 million from the EU and EUR 1 million from Spain) is equivalent to more than two-third of the budget for this payment.
Eligible beneficiaries are households living in extreme poverty that are registered in the cash transfer programme of the Ministry of Social Development. As part of the social protection package, the programme provides cash allowances to some 111,500 families, among which two-third live in Gaza.
“All citizens should have access to essential services and minimum income security, to ensure that no one is left behind or marginalized in society, in particular those who are the most vulnerable. In this context, regular social allowances are essential to ensure that the basic needs of the most vulnerable Palestinian families are met,” said Ralph Tarraf, EU Representative. ”The Cash Transfer Programme promotes social inclusion of the poor and vulnerable. The EU and Member States will continue to support the Ministry in putting people first and empowering vulnerable Palestinian families. This ultimately serves the growth and prosperity of the Palestinian society,” he added.
This contribution brings the total annual support to the CTP to EUR 43.2 million in 2016, including EUR 40 million from the European Union budget.