Palestinian Bassam Aramin and Israeli Robi Damelin are unlikely allies. But they share a powerful bond - the loss of a child to the ongoing conflict. Today the joint spokespeople for the Parents Circle Family Forum travel the world sharing their personal stories as impassioned cries for peace, understanding, and reconciliation in the Middle East.
The future success of the West Bank and Gaza depends on the Palestinians who work every day to move the needle on the multitude of issues facing their societies. USAID’s role is to be a partner and champion of these local actors. USAID provides tools to empower local organizations to be influential changemakers - while also listening to and learning from them to enhance our own approach to development.
Youth are community leaders and USAID is partnering with them to develop their communities. Youth represent 30% of Palestinian society. They also have the highest rates of unemployment. To counter this, USAID promotes economic empowerment and entrepreneurship by increasing employability and offering skills training directly related to job opportunities. USAID is proud to support Palestinian youth leaders working to empower other youth, and to address and advocate for core issues that impact their communities. Below are stories of some amazing Palestinian youth who are taking the lead and making an impact.
USAID’s vision of a prosperous and peaceful world is one in which women, girls, men, and boys enjoy equal economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights. Our programs work toward a world where women are equally empowered to secure better lives for themselves, their families, their communities, and their countries. With women representing half of Palestinian society in the West Bank and Gaza, USAID is committed to ensuring that female empowerment, gender equity, diversity, equity, and inclusion are incorporated in all of our activities. Palestinian women are known for their strength, tenacity, and resilience. USAID is proud to support Palestinian women leaders working to empower other women, close gender-based gaps, and improve their communities. Below are stories of some of the amazing Palestinian women we engage with, support, and are proud to call partners.