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Development Cooperation

Development Cooperation

New Zealand has provided aid to Palestine by supporting a variety of programs, helping to further Palestinian development and promote peace in the region.

New Zealand channel much of their aid through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), contributing to the vital support that UNRWA provide for Palestinian refugees. They also contribute to various other organisations that provide services for Palestinians, including the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS). UNMAS worked closely with Palestinians to develop the Palestinian Mine Action Centre (PMAC). These organisations then worked in unison to clear unexploded mines from Palestinian land, enabling Palestinians to engage in agricultural and other socio-economic activities on the land. New Zealand contributed the substantial sum of $2.8 million to this project. Also, in 2014 they delivered $250,000 of emergency funds to provide relief for the Gazan people affected by the war. This was in addition to the $1 million of annual aid that they had contributed to Palestine.

Palestine will continue to provide feedback to New Zealand concerning the outcomes of their aid contributions. This will help to ensure the efficacy of further development cooperation that both countries intend to undertake in the future. 

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