Land and Rights – Paths to Social and Solidarity Economy in Palestine

The project aims at contributing to the respect of economic and social rights for the Palestinian population.

The project is funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) along with an Italian NGO, COSPE Onlus, and other local partners. The project aims to improve social and economic conditions of the Palestinian population, including through the development of social and solidarity economy (SSE) in the target areas, especially in Area C of the West Bank.

The ILO component will focus on SSE development with a particular emphasis on the development of a legal framework on cooperatives and the enhancement of their role in promoting gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. Since early 2008, the ILO has been supporting cooperative development in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt) including through policy advisory and capacity building support with key national stakeholders. In 2017 this has culminated into the development and adoption of a National Cooperative Sector Strategy and legislation (law 20/2017) in line with ILO Promotion of Cooperatives Recommendation, 2002 (No. 193).