Palestine – Urban Economy

Technical and Vocational Training Centre for Underprivileged Women in Hebron:

Funded by the Saudi Committee for the Palestinian People Relief UN-Habitat, in partnership with Hebron Municipality and the Ministry of Social Affairs have established a Technical and Vocational Training Centre (TVTC) to empower underprivileged women and their families and improve their living standards through the provision of vocational training, urban entrepreneurship development and economic training programs and initiatives. The TVTC is targeting urban women-led families recognized as hardship cases in the city of Hebron.

Since January 2015 UN Habitat (in cooperation with the Hebron municipality) has been running training activities for women within the TVTC.

Rehabilitation of Dar Al Consul into a Residential and Civic Complex:

Funded by the European Union, this project focused on the rehabilitation of the Dar Al Consul complex, which is located in the Muslim quarter of the Old City and owned by the Custody of the Holy Land. The project seeks to explore a neighbourhood development approach in a historical complex that has the potential of providing an integrated living environment inclusive to open space provision, social, and commercial and urban services for the benefit of the residents of the Old City and its visitors and the wider community of Jerusalem. The project contributes to the reclamation of the civic and cultural diversity of the Old City by integrating historic preservation with community needs. While doing so, it focuses on achieving quality housing and open space rehabilitation, and quality social and commercial programming delivery by Palestinian institutions and individuals that enjoy financial sustainability. In addition, it aims at promoting knowledge gaining, continuity of education and entrepreneurship among Palestinian youth, residents of the Old City in particular. The project also introduces principles of eco-friendly and energy efficient models of rehabilitation. Additionally, the project is expected to illustrate the Palestinian cultural identity and its resilience to the pressures of marginalization.

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