RAMALLAH, August 14, 2014 (WAFA) – For immediate assistance to Gaza, the German Federal Government made available additional aid funds of 20 million Euros, said a press release issued by the German Representative Office in Ramallah said on Thursday.
Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Müller said: “There is an urgent need to rebuild the region; the military conflict has resulted in major damage. Large proportions of the infrastructure have been destroyed or damaged and many people have lost their livelihoods.”
“However, this requires a lasting ceasefire and a reliable long-term basis for economic and social development in Gaza. Half of all people who live there are children and young people. And it is they in particular who are facing a grim outlook. There are hardly any job opportunities and there is hardly any chance for them to build a livelihood in economic, social and political freedom. It is they who need our special attention if we want to prevent further radicalization in Gaza,’ stressed the release.
As part of the efforts of the international donor community, Germany will assist with reconstruction in Gaza. The funding for emergency measures that has now been committed will go towards rebuilding Gaza’s water supply and waste-water system, which has been destroyed. Germany will also support an employment programme that will target young people in particular, as well as psychosocial counseling programs.
The Palestinian territories are one of the priority partners for Germany’s development co-operation. Since the early 1980s, the region has received more than one billion Euros in assistance. The focus of this assistance has been on the water sector and on economic development through employment programmes and vocational training, and also on capacity building for government institutions and for civil society.