Vulnerable Populations

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USAID supports the urgent needs of the most vulnerable populations in the West Bank and Gaza, including by providing critical food assistance, essential non-food items such as hygiene kits and medical supplies, and access to clean water and healthcare. USAID provides psychosocial support for conflict-affected children and economic opportunities to improve the quality of life of Palestinians.

USAID/West Bank and Gaza is currently doing this through the following activities:

Assistance for Vulnerable People in the West Bank and Gaza

$20.2 million • Implemented by the UN World Food Program (WFP) • 2021-2022

In partnership with WFP, USAID’s “Assistance for Vulnerable People in the West Bank and Gaza” project addresses food security, enhances food consumption, and increases the dietary diversity of the most vulnerable and food insecure non-refugee population. In addition, WFP links the Palestinian private sector (including shopkeepers, farms, and factories) to produce and deliver the assistance.

Envision Gaza 2020

$50 million • Implemented by the Catholic Relief Services • 2016-2023

Envision Gaza supports vulnerable individuals and their families in Gaza to cope with ongoing stresses and unexpected shocks. Envision Gaza provides emergency assistance to vulnerable people with timely and appropriate humanitarian aid to purchase food and other basic life saving household items and training to local non-governmental organizations to enable rapid crisis response. In addition, Envision Gaza supports a range of livelihood opportunities for the most vulnerable and  job readiness training for youth who have recently graduated from university or vocational training; and small capital grants to existing businesses to help them to restart, stabilize, or grow. The activity prioritizes those most impacted by shocks, like COVID-19 or the May 2021 conflict in Gaza.

Humanitarian Assistance

In addition, USAID also supports vulnerable populations through humanitarian aid, and provides life-saving assistance to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza through its Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). To learn more about BHA’s assistance in West Bank and Gaza, visit:


Last updated: August 12, 2022

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