On Tuesday 7 August 2007, in Ramallah, Dr Luay Shabaneh, President of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), and Filippo Grandi, UNRWA, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This agreement is a milestone in cooperation with a national statistical agency that provides crucial data and information in two important fields of UNRWA operations. The MOU will afford UNRWA access to specially-designed data bases covering economic and social conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with special focus on refugees. Such data has already proved valuable in UNRWA’s capacity to comprehend, analyze and explain conditions in the oPt.
The data provided under the new MOU will allow PCBS to produce better, more accurate national statistics that reflect the economic and social effects of UNRWA operations in the West Bank and Gaza. UNRWA is looking to strengthen its cooperation with PCBS in the oPt with the objective of improving capacity for long-term and emergency planning through ensuring access to high-quality, relevant and timely data on the socio-economic and humanitarian conditions of refugees.
full text of the MOU with PCBS