Food Security and Viral Diseases
This study addresses an important theme related to food security: combating horticultural problems, particularly the viral diseases of fruit trees. It may seem that this is a remote subject for MAS, an economic policy research institute. However, designing a successful strategy to select the best plant species, protecting and developing high-quality fruits and adopting a successful plant certification system in Palestine have obvious consequences on agricultural production and productivity.
Studies on Social Capital In the Palestinian Territories
This paper will explore how social capital applies to the Palestinian Territories and will identify the main guises in which it manifests; namely ‘bonding’ social capital and ‘bridging’ social capital. The former manifestation relates to ‘strong ties‘ between people who share similar characteristics; this level of connection occurs within families and small circles of close friends who share similar experiences and information resulting in strong, close knit networks.
The Economics of Agriculture in the Qalqilya and Tulkarem Districts
This study was commissioned by GVC – Gruppo di Volontariato Civile and carried out by the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS) as part of an EC-funded project aimed at improving the economic and social conditions of Palestinian rural villages in the Tulkarem and Qalqilya districts by increasing agricultural productivity and profitability and enhancing food security.
Mapping of Organizations Working With Youth in the oPt
This exercise was a mapping of all organizations dealing with youth. Some of them are involved only in youth related activities while others are involved in some projects related to youth. Over 540 organizations were approached: about 300 were from the West Bank and the rest were from the Gaza Strip, as noted in figure 1, below. Due to the problems of getting the filled questionnaires from the Gaza Strip, the team in Gaza was requested to retype all the answers so that they can send the material electronically for data coding and data entry in Ramallah.
The Impact of Macroeconomic Policy Options On the Labour Market in the Gaza Strip: Econometric Model Simulation Finding
This study is one of the few ever to analyse and simulate macroeconomic polices in the Gaza Strip alone. Given the special circumstances of Gaza, it attempted to comprehend the effect of macroeconomic policies on the labour market by means of an econometric model that was specially developed for the Gaza Strip by MAS. The model consists of three main groups: the first group includes nine behavioural equations; four are related to labour demand in the four main economic sectors and one deals with labour in Israel.
House Demolitions in Silwan
The focus of this report will be on how the blatantly illegal policy of house demolitions has affected the residents of the Palestinian village of Silwan on the southern slopes of the Old City. This will be done through case studies and personal testimony, but in order to develop a competent understanding of the subject matter and to set the tone for the facts on the ground section 3 will provide a brief overview of the regions political and legal background.
Improving the Representation and Status of Women in Senior Public Sector Jobs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
The Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS), at the instigation of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, has conducted a study on women in high-ranking positions in the public sector in Palestine. The objectives of the study were to examine the status of women in senior positions in government institutions and discover whether there was any discrimination against them in any aspect of employment, including hiring, performance evaluation, promotion and remuneration.
Technical and Vocational Education and Training for Palestinian Women: Reality, Prospects and Opportunities
The key objective of the study is to explore the reality of female TVET in Palestine by focusing on the supply and demand of institutions and specializations for women. In addition, it aims to find ways to activate the role of TVET in reinforcing female opportunities and their position in the labor force and the economy as a whole.
Improving Palestinian Investment Legislation to the Advantage of SMEs
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) constitute 95% of the existing economic institutions in Palestine, and are the largest employers. The Palestinian National Authority became aware of the importance of such projects in economic development, so they started various studies on how to support and encourage SMEs.
Targeting Palestine's Poor: Current Criteria and Suggested Approaches
The aim of this study is to enhance targeting criteria and targeting mechanisms directed at poor Palestinian households in social assistance programs. To meet this goal, the study makes a review of targeting criteria and mechanisms currently in use. The potential inaccuracy of specific targeting schemes and the consequent wastefulness of resources are exposed. From here, recommendations are made to minimize ‘leakage’ (where ineligible families receive assistance) and under-coverage (where eligible families do not get assistance).