emergency appeal 2017
The situation in the West Bank is increasingly precarious. Palestine refugees continue to experience difficult socioeconomic conditions rooted in occupation-related policies and practices imposed by the Israeli authorities. These include a recent rise in the number of house demolitions, including punitive demolitions, as well as access and movement restrictions. In addition, Palestinians continue to experience high levels of food insecurity, with those living in refugee camps particularly affected. The lack of progress on the political track and the continued expansion of Israeli settlements only add to this burden.
In 2017 UNRWA requires US$ 402 million to address the priority humanitarian needs of Palestine refugees in Gaza and the West Bank. The Agency's appeal is guided by the following four strategic priorities:
• Food-insecure households and those facing acute shocks have increased economic access to food through food aid/food vouchers, cash assistance and Cash-for-Work.
• Crisis-affected refugees enjoy their basic rights to services and assistance, including education; health; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); and shelter repair.
• Protection of Palestine refugees from the effects of the conflict and violence through access to services and advocacy, awareness-raising and the provision of mental health assistance.
• Effective management and coordination of emergency response, to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and neutrality of programme delivery.