Review for Economic Empowerment Project in Gaza
DanChurchAid-Norwegian Church AID (DCA-NCA)) joint country program (JCP) is a five years program (from 2016-2020) and it is extended to 2021. Based on the current evaluation of the JCP in 2020, a second phase of the Joint country program will be identified, taking into consideration its findings and recommendations. Both DCA and NCA global strategies focus on Building resilient communities and Climate smart Economic empowerment and aim at improving employment and livelihood opportunities of Palestinian youth, women, and marginalized communities. Through Norwegian Aid for Development Cooperation (NORAD) fund, DCA-NCA have been engaged in employment generation opportunities in Gaza Strip through local partners. Together, they have worked to support the creation of income-generating opportunities for young people. The program supported a wide range of activities varying from micro-enterprise and business development by Palestinian Businesswoman’s Association –(ASALA), ICT and freelancing program by Women Affair Center (WAC) and enhancing entrepreneurship and innovation focusing on agribusinesses, supporting new technologies and ideas to address market constraints by MA’AN development Center (MA’AN). This review assesses the activities (interventions of 2018-2020) conducted under the project using the six OECD-DAC criteria: (relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and impact), in addition to other cross-cutting issues like gender. It also aims to deduce the lessons learned and the best practices to put forward recommendations for sustainable development and better performance.