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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 Palestinian Reform and Development Plan (PRDP) related 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 disabled persons, payment of health insurance premiums, youth services and crime prevention).

    The SPSWG has set up a social protection web portal for the purpose of compiling relevant documents for the social protection sector. The web portal aims to be the library for literature available in Palestine on subjects related to social protection.

    The SPSWG reports regularly to the Social Development Strategy Group (SDSG) on a regular basis.

    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.


    Co-Chairs: Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA) and Office of the European Union Representative (EUREP) 

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

    PA institutions: Ministry of Planning and Administrative Development (MoPAD)
    Donors: Canada, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)
    , France, International Labour Organisation (ILO), Italy, Spain, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),  United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Food Program (WFP), World Bank
    NGO representatives: Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA)
    Observers: Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS), Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO)
    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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