Financing Development in Palestine through Microfinance Institutions and Development Banks: Options and Challenges
Author: Rabeh Morrar Omar Abdel Razeq
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
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).
Socio-Economic & Food Security Survey 2020
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.
Expert Panel on Rethinking the Financing of UNRWA, 2020-2030
Author: Mas Staff
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
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
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
(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.