Published by the Development Studies Programme (DSP)- Birzeit University The “Palestine: Human Development Report 2004” (PHDR) covers the years 2003 and 2004, and focuses on the empowerment of Palestinians as the basis for strengthening Palestinian society building.
The 2004 PHDR is an attempt to assess the various aspects of the Palestinian condition as a first step toward an integrated approach to the development of Palestinian individuals and society and to strengthen the social fabric needed to support our national liberation and development activities.
To this end, each section of the report addresses one of the various aspects of the Palestinian condition from two perspectives. The report is divided into six sections. From the first perspective, the general Palestinian condition is assessed in order to gain an understanding of what exists, what is hoped for, and what is possible given internal and contextual challenges.
The second perspective analyzes major forces influencing independence and development, such as occupation, external factors (especially international funding), and the role of Palestinian governmental organizations and NGO’s. These lead to general and sector-specific recommendations for how efforts can be channeled in the most productive way possible.
This report comes as a first step towards an integrated approach to the development of Palestinian individuals and society. It also attempts to strengthen the social fabric needed to support national liberation and development activities.
The PHDR poses a set of essential questions. The answers to these questions - not only in academic terms, but also in terms of changes in attitude and behavior on the ground - can serve to move society from a state of fragmentation and disintegration to a state of empowerment that will preserve the Palestinian social fabric and consolidte its abilities and potentials to achieve humanitarian and national goals.
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