The world is not delivering on Gaza reconstruction
Six months since donors pledged $3.5 billion towards Gaza’s recovery, many people are worse off and not a single one of the 19,000 destroyed homes has been rebuilt. 100,000 people are still homeless and many are living in makeshift camps or schools.
So says a report by the Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA). AIDA is a forum of over 80 international non-governmental and non-profit organisations working in the occupied Palestinian territory. Forty six organisations have signed the report.
“Charting a new course: Overcoming the stalemate in Gaza” is a 32-page briefing paper published by Oxfam UK on behalf of AIDA.
Only 26.8 percent of money pledged by donors six months ago has been released so far. Even when funded, many reconstruction projects have not yet begun due to restrictions on essential material under the blockade. Most of the 81 health clinics and hospitals that were damaged still lack funds for reconstruction, but the few that have funds do not have the material needed to proceed.
Tony Laurance, CEO of MAP UK, said:
“The world is shutting its eyes and ears to the people of Gaza when they need it most. Reconstruction cannot happen without funds, but money alone will not be enough. With the blockade in place we are just reconstructing a life of misery, poverty and despair.”
The report sets out specific recommendations to the international community to break the cycle of conflict and destruction.