|Since 1996 UNSCO has continually monitored and reported on socioeconomic
conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and, in the process, established an extensive socio-economic database.
UNSCO does not produce primary data but rather makes use of available data, that in the oPt are relatively abundant. The information that is available, however, often remains dispersed and is not automatically shared between institutions. The objective of the database is to collate a wide range of social and economic indicators in one location, and, through the report, present a broad perspective of socioeconomic conditions in the oPt.
The purpose of the present report is to: 1) broaden the access to the information contained in the database through publication of the most recent data gathered; and 2) provide readers with up-to-date information on short term changes in socio-economic conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory.
The report is divided into seven sections, as follows:
Section I. consists of a one-page fact sheet that provides a snapshot view of the socio-economic situation for the current and previous reporting periods. Sections II. and III. report on the macro-economic and fiscal situation, and sections IV. and V. give an overview of developments in the banking and private sectors, respectively. Section VI. deals with trade, and Section VII. is dedicated to issues on Gaza.
Two annexes provide detailed reference information. Annex A presents detailed statistical reference tables, and Annex B lists the main socioeconomic terms used in this report along with their corresponding definitions.
Topics of current interest are analyzed in-depth in periodic “Supplements”.
Most sections provide data on the six preceding reporting periods for each indicator and, for comparison purposes, data for a reference period immediately before the Al-Aqsa intifada, which started in September 2000, or the closest time period available.
Note: The data for the West Bank and oPt in this report do not include occupied East Jerusalem unless otherwise specified.
Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator
for the Middle East Peace Process