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Social Protection Sector Working Group (SPSWG)

The main purpose of the SPSWG is to act as a coordination forum between the PA and donors. It serves as a platform for discussing policy priorities, progress in implementation of the programs of the National Policy Agenda 2017 - 2022related to social protection.

The key functions of the HSWG are as follows:


  • assist donors in aligning assistance in relation to national plans (PRDP) and strategies for the sector;

  • support the development and updating of sector strategies within the framework of national plans and budgets;

  • coordinate and harmonize donor assistance to prevent duplication;

  • carry out coordinated and strategic dialogue with the purpose of identifying PA priorities and the           readiness/availability of the donor community to fund related programmes;

  • function as the main source of information for social protection needs and achievements, donor funding and gaps;

  • develop joint indicators and sector reviews for sector monitoring and programme-based approaches.


The SPSWG has identified three issues as key elements for a comprehensive social protection system: income transfer schemes (including food aid, cash assistance and job creation programmes); a poverty reduction strategy and its monitoring; and a social welfare programme (including social services, aid to persons with disabilities, payment of health insurance premiums, youth services and economic empowerment).

The SPSWG has set up a social protection web portal for the purpose of compiling maintaining a case management system for vulnerable and social hardship cases.

Membership in the group is limited to relevant donors and other institutions (e.g. relevant non-governmental organizations) who can add substantial financial or analytical value, as well as relevant PA institutions.


Chair: Ministry of Social Development (MoSD)

Deputy Chair: Office of the European Union Representative (EUREP) 

Technical Advisor: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Donors: EUREP, Canada, Finland, Spain, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway, USA

UN Agencies: ILO, UNICEF, UNRWA World Bank
PA institutions: MoFP, MoH, MoWA, MoEHE
Private Sector: pal-chambers

NGO representatives: USC, MHPSS

Secretariat: Local Aid Coordination Secretariat (LACS)

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Key documents 
Ministry of Social Development - Social Development Sector Strategy 2017-2022
MoSD - Social Development Sector Strategy (2017-2022)- Summary
MoSA - Social Protection Sector Strategy 2014-2016
UN Women - Social Protection of Women: from Protection to Empowerment, 21 October 2013
MoSA - Social Policy Paper on the Establishment of a Case Management System for Children with Disability
PCBS - Indicators of the Rights of the Palestinian Child
UN - The Millennium Development Goals Report, 2013
OCHA - occupied Palestinian territory: Consolidated Appeal 2013
EU - European Union helps the Palestinian Authority provide essential social protection to families in need, 1 Oct 2011
Save the Children UK - 2010 Review of Child Rights in the occupied Palestinian territory, September 2011
EU - European Union helps the Palestinian Authority provide essential social protection to families in need through the payment of social allowances, 24 Jun 2011
Ministry of Social Affairs: Business Strategy - April 2011
Social Protection in the West Bankand Gaza Strip Concepts & Terminology
Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the implementation of Human Rights Council resolutions S-9/1 and S-12/1
UNRWA Medium Term Strategy 2010 - 2015, August 2010
Ministry of Social Affairs - Palestinian National Program for Social Protection "Cash Transfer Strategy", June 2010
Social Protection Sector Strategic Plan 2011 – 2013, Executive Summary
Social Protection Sector Strategy - April 2010
Ministry of Youth and Sports Cross- Sectorial Strategy for Youth (2011-2013)
SPSWG - Terms of Reference for the Social Protection Sector Working Group- 2007
SPSWG - The Deprived Families Economic Empowerment programme (DEEP) people 2007

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