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Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA)

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The European Union made a contribution of €20 million to the Palestinian Authority payment of social allowances to vulnerable families in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, said a press stamen issued by Office of the European Union Representative.The EU supports the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Social Development Cash Transfer Programme responsible for the provision of basic social protection to the most vulnerable families in the West Bank and Gaza. The social allowances are paid on a quarterly basis to some 105,000 vulnerable families, said the statement.

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Child poverty remains an issue of concern in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Although the region has made significant progress in reducing extreme poverty and improving health, education and child survival rates, progress has been uneven. Higher-income countries have advanced more than lower-middle-income ones, and those impacted by humanitarian conflicts have seen reversals in child well-being indicators.

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Over 700 schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) will open their doors in time for the new scholastic year 2019-2020 in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria within less than a month. The steadfast support of UNRWA partners and donors is, once again, enabling the Agency to carry out its largest programme: education for more than half a million Palestine refugee boys and girls.

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A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked on Monday between Social Affairs Minister Mohamed Trabelsi and Palestine’s Minister of Social Development Ahmed Majdalani to promote partnership between both countries and exchange expertise in the fields of social defence, protection and integration of persons with disabilities.

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OPINION: One recent morning, Mohsen Khoweisheq was one of hundreds of desperately low-income Palestinians queuing outside Gaza City’s central post office, waiting to receive a $100 bill from the Qatari government. “I don’t know how I’d survive my upcoming days if I didn’t receive this money,” says the 34-year-old father. “Great thanks to Qatar for the money. These hundred dollars has brought me some peace of mind.”

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Palestine has expanded its operations to reach an additional 12,000 non-refugees in Gaza facing deep poverty and severe food insecurity. The increase, which has been supported by new donor contributions, comes in response to a worrying rise in humanitarian and food security needs in the enclave. 

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Qatari envoy says $4 million will instead be allocated to 'sustainable projects to be announced in the future' Postal banks in the Gaza Strip were to begin distributing Qatari funds to impoverished Palestinian families on Thursday, after a fresh cash injection by the Gulf Emirate entered the Strip earlier this week. Sixty-thousand Gazan families are set to receive grants of $100 each on

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“Besides earning some income, this short-term job opportunity planting and picking strawberries allowed me to improve my skills in planting. With this experience, I am now ready to work in any farm and hope that I will find another work opportunity soon to keep supporting my family.” Tahani Ali is a 42-year-old Palestine refugee who lives with her seven-member family in Beit Lahia, Gaza and  is one of over 10,000 Palestine refugees in Gaza who were selected for a much sought-after short term work opportunity through the UNRWA cash-for-work programme.

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Qatar on Tuesday said it is sending $480 million to Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip after a cease-fire deal ended the deadliest fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants since a 2014 war. Qatar's Foreign Ministry said $300 million would support health and education programs of the Palestinian Authority, while $180 million would go toward "urgent humanitarian relief" in U.N. programs and toward electricity.

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