Support to UNRWA institutional and operational reforms (Education)

Project completed

SDC support to UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for the Palestine Refugees in the Near East) in the occupied Palestinian territory will enable the organization to further implement its mandate and its reforms agenda. The intervention focuses on the delivery of enhanced education services - which include primary education, skills development and professional training services – for the benefit of over 270,000 pupils attending UNRWA’s schools and technical vocational education and training centers.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Palestinian Authority
Education policy
Primary education
Public sector policy
15.11.2012 - 15.03.2013
CHF 6'900'000

UNRWA’s current financial crisis is putting at risk the delivery of health, education and relief and social services to beneficiaries. Of particular concern to Switzerland – given its support as a development-oriented donor and the contribution it has made to the Education Reform – are the unpredictable consequences of a foreseeable discontinuation of the education services on the pupils’ learning process.


To ensure that Palestine refugees’ girls and boys living in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) have access to quality education services.

Target groups

  • UNRWA itself as an institution, including employees and beneficiaries (in particular, students and education staff in the oPt)
  • Palestine refugees in the West Bank and Gaza
  • Medium-term outcomes

  • Sustained delivery of essential services under UNRWA’s Education Programme in the oPt for the remaining of 2012
  • UNRWA able to honour its financial commitments towards its education staff in the oPt
  • Results

    Results from previous phases:  

  • The education reform has moved from strategy development to implementation
  • Education-staff development material finalized
  • Curriculum review and human rights education in place
  • Cost efficiencies and inter-linkages with other Departments identified and rolled-out

  • Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
    Credit area Development cooperation
    Project partners Contract partner
    United Nations Organization (UNO)
    • Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

    Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   6'900'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   6'900'000
    Project phases

    Phase 2 15.11.2012 - 15.03.2013   (Completed)