The Palestinian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector has grown rapidly over the last three years to approximately 250 mostly small-sized companies, employing approximately 6,000 professionals. Nearly 2,000 students graduate from Palestinian universities annually in ICT-related fields – a number that is rapidly increasing. Recognizing the potential of this sector, USAID’s efforts link leading American companies with Palestinian entrepreneurs to promote economic development in the West Bank.
Hi-Tech Hubs bring together Palestinian students, entrepreneurs, international speakers and tech enthusiasts, providing a forum to connect, innovate, lead and build momentum for entrepreneurship. USAID supports Hi-Tech Hub events where young entrepreneurs can interact with investors, learn and develop skills necessary for running their own companies. This is the third Hi-Tech Hub USAID has organized. Here, eight startups will present their prototype solutions in the tourism and gaming sectors to a panel of judges. Winners will receive USAID subcontracts to further develop their products.
USAID helped the Palestinian agribusiness sector increase exports by $25,000,000 from 2012–2013 through the provision of technical assistance on job skills, improving product quality, accessing capital and reaching new markets. USAID assists food producers participate in international trade shows, organizes meetings with international agribusinesses and distributors and facilitates the use of treated wastewater for agriculture, all of which increase investments and exports. In 2013, USAID helped negotiate ten forward contracts between Palestinian farmers and domestic and international agribusinesses, infusing $8,000,000 into the Palestinian economy.
To demonstrate the tangible benefits from the ongoing negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis, the United States and Palestinian Authority are working together with international donors to support an initiative for high-impact micro-infrastructure (HIMII) projects that are in line with Palestinian national objectives. HIMII projects include the construction or renovation of health clinics, road repairs, construction of community centers and schools and other similar projects.
Charcoal is produced all over the Haitian countryside, with more than 90 percent of Haitian energy needs met through the use of firewood and charcoal. Charcoal production begins with the felling or pruning of lives trees, which has contributed to mass deforestation throughout Haiti, in turn increasing soil erosion and leaving Haiti more vulnerable to severe weather, including flash floods and mudslides. Furthermore, charcoal use exposes women and children to “indoor air pollution,” which leads to respiratory illness and approximately 3,000 premature deaths in Haiti each year.
Gender-based violence (GBV) has been a chronic problem in Haiti for a number of years. USAID’s Support for Empowerment of Vulnerable Women in High Risk Environments project aims to strengthen and expand GBV programs at GHESKIO and two other affiliated sites in order to empower vulnerable women and reduce reliance on risky sex for economic survival.
USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) guarantee program, established by Congress in 1999, unlocks private, local capital to support lending in critical growth sectors. Since 2004, USAID/Haiti has supported the provision of financial products and services to under-served and out-of-reach households and enterprises through DCA partial credit guarantees.
The Haiti Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Control Program is a joint effort between USAID, the Government of Haiti (GOH) Ministry of Health and Population (MSPP), and the GOH Ministry of Education to eliminate and control lymphatic filariasis and soil-transmitted helminths in Haiti. USAID support for NTD control began in 2008 under the NTD Control Program (2006-2012) and continues under the ENVISION project (2011-2016).
The Building Climate Change Resilience and Food Security Program is improving the productivity of smallholder farmers by promoting good farming practices and adoption of new technologies. The program identifies keen, hard-working farmers at the village level and develops them into “Agro-Entrepreneurs” called Village-Based Advisors who provide inputs, services and advice on good farming practices to their community.
Kenya Tuna Uwezo, (Kiswahili for “We have the power!”) aims to reduce politically motivated conflict in the informal settlements of Kiambio, Kibera, Mathare, Korogocho, and Babadogo in Nairobi.
Last updated: September 26, 2014