TURKEY’S DEVELOPMENT AID AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO PALESTINE, 25.05.2016
TURKEY’S DEVELOPMENT AID AND HUMANITARIAN
ASSISTANCE TO PALESTINE
Turkey’s assistance to Palestine has well
exceeded 370 million US dollars since 2004.
Turkish Cooperation and Coordination
Agency-TIKA implemented 349 projects in Palestine since Turkey inaugurated the
Palestine Coordination Program Office in 2005. The agency implemented 173
projects in West Bank, 113 projects in Gaza and 63 projects in Jerusalem,
creating much needed educational and emergency facilities in the area.
Out of the total projects, TIKA carried out 78 social
infrastructure, 64 administrative infrastructure, 52 education, 46 emergency,
38 health, 25 production sector, and 25 water and sanitation projects as well
as 21 restoration projects for joint historical and cultural monuments.
In 2014, Turkey provided a total assistance
of 76.3 million US dollars to Palestine, 59.2 million US Dollars of which
constituted official assistance (34.7 million US dollars for public development
assistance, 24.5 million US dollars for emergency assistance) while the
remaining 17.1 million US Dollars consisted of non-governmental assistance (9.4
million US dollars of which constituted the assistance provided by NGOs, and
7.7 million US dollars for emergency assistance).
In this context, Turkey’s humanitarian and
development-oriented assistance to Gaza also continues uninterrupted. During
the "Conference on Palestine, Reconstructing Gaza" held in Cairo on
12 October 2014 Turkey pledged to provide 200 million US dollars of assistance
to cover the years 2015-2017 to relieve the immense destruction caused by the
last Israeli attacks on Gaza.
The total amount of our completed, ongoing and planned
projects by TIKA in Gaza is 41,6 million US dollars for the year 2015. Furthermore,
an assistance of 34 million US dollars has been assigned for projects through
Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority-AFAD and the Turkish
Red Crescent for 2015. In this context, the total amount of the assistance
realized and planned for Gaza by Turkey in 2015 has reached 75.6 million US
There are two major projects carried out by TIKA in
Gaza at the present. The construction of Turkey-Palestine Friendship Hospital which
has 150 beds capacity is completed. Currently tender process of the medical
equipment and furniture for the hospital continues. TIKA also started the construction of 320
housing units for the Palestinians
affected by Israel’s 2014 military offensive against the Gaza Strip.
In addition to this aid, TIKA, AFAD and Turkish Red
Crescent continue to carry out their humanitarian aid efforts and projects in
various fields, particularly health, technical assistance, safeguarding of
cultural heritage, supply of water, construction of schools and scholarships