Home-based industrial projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip: Realities and Developmental Opportunities

author: Yasser Shalabi, Wafa Al-Bitawi
year: 2024

Studies by the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS) have constantly strived to shed light on diagnosing and analyzing the industrial and productive sectors in Palestine, whether they operate as formal organizations or informal, determining their role in overall economic development. This new study addresses the topic of home-based industries in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which, in addition to their economic importance as a source of income for their owners, improve their social means. The study examines the extent to which such industries reduce gender-based economic and social gaps while supporting women’s economic empowerment. Within this context, this sector is especially important relative to economic activity in the formal, productive sectors.

The goals of this study are to analyze the reality of home-based industrial activities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, determining their role in economic development and employment, especially women and youth. It also focuses on analyzing the most prominent determinants and obstacles hindering the growth of these industries and identifying opportunities for further growth and development. It concludes by proposing specific policy recommendations to help concerned decision-makers enhance these industries’ role in creating job opportunities and generating income. The most prominent are enhancing the laws and policies governing these industries, developing infrastructure, as well as providing specifications and standards for their products. Moreover, the study examines the issue of increasing consumers’ awareness and prioritizing the purchase of these projects’ products. The study also recommends the need to pay special attention to improving production and manufacturing technology.

Finally, MAS extends its appreciation to the research team for their efforts in preparing the study, in particular the contribution of MAS Assistant Researcher Wafaa Bitawi, whose research leadership guided the study to its successful conclusions. MAS also expresses its deepest gratitude to the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development for its continued support, enabling MAS to draft this - and numerous other - studies that reflect national, economic, and research priorities.

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