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 International Court of Justice and the Annexation Wall: Replacing Politics With Law
This paper, released the day that the International Court of Justice began its hearings for the Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, provides a legal analysis of the Annexation Wall under international human rights and humanitarian law. It addresses the impact of the Wall on such legal issues as the prohibition of property destruction; freedom of movement; the rights to work, health, education and self-determination
Unlawful Killing: The Assassination of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories by the Israeli Occupying Forces
Evaluating the Level of Adherence to the Palestinian Labor Law
This study aims at assessing the level of compliance with the Labor Law No. 7 of the year 2000. The labor law is considered crucial because of its long term influence on both society and economy. It should provide a work environment of balanced cooperation between all partners of production. It should also foster a competitive environment in the job market and thus assure the rational distribution of resources and the stimulation of productivity.
Towards A Palestinian Development Vision
This paper is intended to further stimulate thedebate on the vision for the development of the Palestinian economy. It examines the identity of the Palestinian economy and its desired structure, looks the role that should be played by the various development partners, and explores the nature of the relationships that connect Palestine with its Arab neighbours and the rest of the international community. The Palestinian National Authority, the private sector and NGOs need to cooperate to come up with answers about the optimal direction of long-term development.
Towards a More Effective use of International Aid to the Palestinian People
This study focuses on the international aid provided to the Palestinian people and is divided into three main sections. First, the study presents a comprehensive profile of the international aid directed to the Palestinians since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993. This profile discusses the main qualitative and quantitative characteristics of these aid flows, including their sources, forms, recipients and sectors targeted.
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.
Enabling Palestinian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises to meet International Product Standards
This study aims to identify and clarify the important role of standards in the development of MSMEs and in increasing their productivity and thus increasing competitiveness and attracting new markets locally and abroad. The study examines the validity of the hypothesis that the application of standards by MSMEs helps to raise the productive and competitive capacity as well as the ability to attract and open new markets locally and internationally.
Cash Versus In-Kind Assistance: Statistical Study of a Household survey in Palestin
The aim of this study is to help donors identify which of the two forms of assistance best supports the poor and food insecure within the prevailing socio-economic conditions in the Palestinian Territories and the structure of households and poverty profiles in WBGS. To address this topic, the study applies various statistical methods to data from a household survey conducted by the Palestine Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). The survey (Palestine Poverty Perception, PPP Survey) covered 2087 Palestinian households and was conducted in 2006.