The Weak Infrastructure of Palestinian Refugee Camps and its Impact on the Residents’ Health

The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development—REFORM implemented a dialogue session through the electronic application, ZOOM, entitled: “The weak infrastructure of Palestinian refugee camps and its impact on the residents’ health”

The reality of the infrastructure and its impact on residents’ lives

The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development—REFORM implemented a dialogue session through the electronic application, ZOOM, entitled: “The weak infrastructure of Palestinian refugee camps and its impact on the residents’ health” with the presence of H.E. Dr. Nasser Qatami, Advisor to the Prime Minister for Arab and Islamic Funds. A number of representatives of civil society institutions also participated in this session, including the Executive Office for Refugees, the Social Youth Center in Al-Far’a Camp, the People’s Service Committee in Aida Camp, the People’s Committee for Balata Camp Services, the Public Committee Services for Al-Fawwar Camp, Women’s Center in Qalandia Camp, Women’s Center in Al-Fawwar Camp, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute-MAS, as well as a number of young men and women activists and experts in the field of infrastructure.

The session included a discussion on numerous topics, including the reality of the infrastructure and its impact on the lives of the residents in the camps, the role of the Refugee Affairs Department of the PLO, the efforts made to improve the lives of refugees, the role of the Palestinian government in pressuring international and Arab parties to support UNRWA in providing services to the camp and the role of UNRWA in improving the reality of camp infrastructure in light of UNRWA’s financial crises.

efforts in improving the lives of refugees

The session enabled the discussion of several topics, including the reality of the infrastructure in the camps and its impact on its residents’ lives, the role of the Refugee Affairs Department of the PLO and its efforts in improving the lives of refugees, the role of the Palestinian government in pressuring international and Arab organizations to support UNRWA in providing its services to the camp and the UNRWA’s role in improving the reality of the camps’ infrastructure in light of UNRWA’s financial crises.

H.E. Dr. Qattami highlighted the government’s interventions that ensure a decent living for refugees in the camps by forming a joint committee from both the Refugee Affairs Department of the PLO and the Executive Office of the People’s Committees to draw up a strategic plan to intervene in the camps without prejudice. H.E. Dr. Qattami also said that the Palestinian government contributes to supporting the people’s committees for the camps, and even if they are not enough, it is considered a contribution to support the people’s committees in providing services to the citizens. His Excellency added that the government is ready to discuss all projects, even if the available options are limited, and to provide them with full support in order to reduce the unemployment crisis.

At the end of the session, the young men and women participants demanded to continue discussing the reality of the infrastructure to find strategic solutions to these issues. They further stressed the necessity of partnership between the various institutions in discussing and finding solutions to the problems of the camps. They also addressed the deficiencies in the concept of planning and the necessity of its renewal in order to suit the immediate needs of the camps.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

This session came as part of the “Access Beyond Barriers” project which aims to enhance the social participation of marginalised groups in order to formulate public policies that are responsive to youth and women’s needs. The project also aims to enhance cooperation between youth groups and CBOs in Area C and in Palestinian refugee camps and to develop the internal procedures and practices of these associations in order to ensure good governance practices. Thus, social and cultural cohesion will be increased amongst the different social components and collective Palestinian identity will be promoted.

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