Policy brief

Findings of the Assessment of Service, Consumer and Handicraft Cooperatives in the West Bank: Challenges and Opportunities

This policy brief presents concrete strategies to improve the challenging situation that workers face in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) by exploring how service, consumer and handicraft cooperatives in the West Bank can be strengthened.

This policy brief aims to provide information and guidance on how best to support the development of service, consumer and handicraft cooperatives and create decent employment opportunities for women and men in the West Bank. It was developed for a number of stakeholders, including national institutions, development practitioners, and the donor community, whom have channelled substantive funds to the start-up and running of cooperative enterprises in the OPT.

The findings and recommendations were derived from an assessment that was conducted in 2016 by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in coordination with the Palestinian General Directorate of Cooperatives at the Ministry of Labour.