World Bank Director Ends Three-Day Visit to Palestine

JERUSALEM, May 16, 2013 – A World Bank official ended Wednesday a three-day visit to the Palestinian Territory during which she worked on fragile and conflict-affected areas, said a World Bank press release on Thursday.

Managing director Caroline Anstey, whose mandate includes coordinating work on fragile and conflict affected areas globally, visited several World Bank-supported projects and met with civil society, the donor community and the Palestinian Authority.

Anstey said that this visit was a valuable opportunity to personally learn about development challenges which Palestinians face on daily basis.

“The Bank’s assistance to Palestinians includes a variety of projects, all designed to reduce external dependence on aid through investment in Palestinians’ skills and talents,” she said.

In Gaza, Anstey visited a sewage treatment plant and a neighborhood development project where around 160,000 people in the poorest communities are being helped to address the most pressing needs in their villages.

She met with students at a technical institute in Gaza learning and marketing computer animation.

Anstey discussed at Hebron University in the West Bank teacher skills-upgrading program designed to help the Palestinian Authority raise the quality of education.

She also met a group of leading Palestinian women actively engaged in the development of Palestinian society.

“Women all over the world are still fighting for change but Palestinian women face economic and political challenges that make this battle even harder,” said Anstey.

“Today I was inspired by the extraordinarily motivated and empowered women I met,’ she said. ‘The World Bank is determined to ensure that the work we do here advances gender development in a meaningful and measurable way.”

Source: WAFA News