The humanitarian community in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) has developed a strategic plan for the oPt every year since 2003. The current Humanitarian Response Plan covers 2019 and focuses on addressing needs identified in the Humanitarian Needs Overview, in Area C, Hebron H2 and East Jerusalem in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Developed amid rising needs and increasing challenges to the work of humanitarian actors, the plan for 2019 focuses on three strategic priorities:
Joint statement by the Minister of Social Development of the State of Palestine, H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Al-Shaer, and the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, upon the launch of the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan, 17 December 2018
The humanitarian context of the oPt is unique amongst today’s crises and remains directly tied to the impact of the occupation, which marked its 50th year in June 2017.
The humanitarian community has identified 2.5 million Palestinians as being in need for support. Through this plan, it aims to target 1.4 million of them, as compared with 1.9 million in 2018. This lower number does not reflect a reduction in the level of humanitarian need. Rather, it is based on the maximum number of vulnerable people who can realistically be reached given highly-restricted capabilities in the current political and resource climate.