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Financing Development in Palestine through Microfinance Institutions and Development Banks: Options and Challenges
Author: Rabeh Morrar Omar Abdel Razeq
Year: 2022
Category: Studies & Papers
This study formed one of MAS’s priority research topics for 2021, examining options for - and challenges in – the financing of development in Palestine, considering different mechanisms and institutions. In this context, microfinance institutions play a major role, providing microfinance services to poor, low-income and marginalized groups that cannot access financing provided by the mainstream banking sector. In 2021, the Palestinian government announced the establishment of the Independence Bank for Investment and Development. The study addresses the problems that accompanied this announcement, in light of the lack of clarity on its objectives and its developmental role, combined with the lack of a comprehensive vision for development and the national fight against poverty. With this in mind, the study proposes a set of appropriate interventions and policies for various relevant authorities, including the Independence Bank, in order to enhance development finance and the access capabilities of poor/marginalized groups. The study also outlines tools to regulate the relationship between the Independence Bank - as a governmental tool for investment and development - and microfinance institutions.
The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Sustainable Development Goals in the State of Palestine

Year: 2021
Category: Publications
This report was launched and overseen by the Prime Minister’s Office, in coordination with the National Team for the Implementation and Follow-up on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This study was carried out by a research team from the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS), with funding from the United Nations Development Programme / Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP).
Requirements for Establishing Jerusalem Development Cluster: Policy Priorities, Interventions, Programs
Author: Rabeh Morrar , Peter Wilson , Islam Rabee , Iman Saadeh , Yousef Srouji
Year: 2021
Category: Studies & Papers
Socio-Economic & Food Security Survey 2020

Year: 2021
Category: Publications
This report shows that less than half of the households in Palestine were food secure in 2020. However, this figure obscures the considerable regional divergence in food security conditions between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Over 60 percent of households in the West Bank are food secure whereas over 60 percent of households in the Gaza Strip are moderately or severely food insecure.
Economic Monitor No.65 First Quartar

Year: 2021
Category: Quarterly Economic Monitor
Expert Panel on Rethinking the Financing of UNRWA, 2020-2030
Author: Mas Staff
Year: 2021
Category: Publications
MAS and HBS Palestine and Jordan are jointly issuing this summary report of the discussions of the Expert Panel, which does not necessarily reflect the individual positions of the participants or those of the convening institutions.
FOOD SECURITY BULLETIN Issue 24- Summer 2021

Year: 2021
Category: Food Security Bulletin
The Food Security Bulletin (FSB) is published bi-annually by the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS) as its contribution to the work of the Food Security Sector in Palestine. The Bulletin aims to support decision-makers and institutions working towards better food security in Palestine and be a useful and regular resource for reporting on the sector.
Policy Brief - Palestinian Interaction with the Geography of Colonialism Circumventing Israel’s System of Control over Trade within the West Bank
Author: Mas Staff
Year: 2021
Category: Publications
The Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS) regularly publishes applied and scientific studies, in addition to summary research papers, as part of an annual series of roundtable meetings on important economic topics of interest to the public and decision-makers. The policy briefs outline the most prominent recommendations of selected scholastic activities, in order to disseminate this information and maximize the benefits derived from these series. This Brief is based on the background paper prepared for the second MAS 2021 roundtable session and subsequent discussion by experts.
Economic Monitor no. 64/2020

Year: 2021
Category: Publications
(MAS) is pleased to present to our readers and the general public the annual issue (2020) of the Economic Monitor. The publication of this issue comes one year after the Monitor first appeared in its renewed and updated appearance. This is the fruit of the work of the Institute’s research staff, in cooperation with its three partners: the Palestine Monetary Authority (PMA), the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), and the Palestine Capital Markets Authority (PCMA). This issue covers all economic developments in 2020, with additional commentary on the fourth quarter specifically.
Background Paper Roundtable (6) Palestinian Interaction with the Geography of Colonialism How to Circumvent Israe
Author: Mas Staff
Year: 2021
Category: Conference Papers
How to Circumvent Israel’s System of Control over Trade within the West Bank, based on the contribution of researcher Mr. Walid Habbas