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2024
"WomenForge"
Year
2024
Sector of assistance
Digitalisation and Innovation, Gender Equality and women empowerment
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
20 0000 EUR
Project goal

To offer intensive practical training in technology, digital marketing, and entrepreneurship to fill critical skill gaps and expand employment opportunities for Palestinian women. The project's activities include preparing participants for employment by providing them with essential knowledge and skills for effective job searching, flexible self-employment, or starting their own businesses. The direct beneficiaries are the women and girls participating in the project (20).

 

Project of the Representative Office of the Republic of Lithuania in Palestine.

Implementing organization
Digitech association INFOBALT
Financing source
Fund for the Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid
2023
Build your ARTificial inTELLingence skills & Co-create for Real time economy in Palestine (ART-inTELL)
Year
2023, 2022
Sector of assistance
Digitalisation and Innovation
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
93 614,74 EUR
Project goal

To help students acquire practical skills in developing AI solutions, transfer new knowledge and advanced work methods, and contribute to the long-term solution to the challenges of the Palestinian economy through the application of innovative digital, data-driven technologies in the areas of investment attraction, higher added value, new jobs and creation of horizontal connections between target groups.

Implementing organization
Digitech association INFOBALT
Financing source
Fund for the Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid
From Idea to Business
Year
2023
Sector of assistance
Digitalisation and Innovation, Gender Equality and women empowerment
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
12 000 EUR
Project goal

Economic empowerment of women (especially those unemployed) by fostering skills that enable them to create startups and/or find employment in other startups, as well as introduction to the Palestinian financial system, Israeli tax system, UNRWA, Palestine Bank, which help startups at various levels.

Project results
  • 30 women acquired necessary skills (market needs analysis, marketing strategies, legal/financial aspects, digital marketing, photography, and presentation skills), prepared their business ideas to turn them into startups.
  • 50% of participants, through group mentoring and educational leadership training, were acquainted with practical business administration know-how.
  • 3 women received seed funding as a contribution to startup establishment.
  • 20% of women created startups and/or found employment in other startups.
Implementing organization
Young Women’s Christian Association of Jerusalem (YWCA)
Financing source
Representative Office of the Republic of Lithuania in Palestine
Towards Successful Service Business for Her
Year
2023
Sector of assistance
Digitalisation and Innovation, Gender Equality and women empowerment
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
14 618,37 EUR
Project goal

Economic empowerment of Palestinian (including East Jerusalem) women (especially those unemployed), through the development of entrepreneurship, communication, digital literacy, social media, networking, and technical skills necessary for sustainable work.

Project results
  • 25 women enhanced their knowledge of starting a business, with 10 business plans prepared.
  • Establishment of a network of at least 50 female entrepreneurs.
  • At least 15 women successfully presented their business ideas.
Implementing organization
JEST for Development and Entrepreneurship
Financing source
Representative Office of the Republic of Lithuania in Palestine
Twinning project: Environment and climate change mainstreaming in national development strategies and policies
Year
2023
Sector of assistance
Environment and Climate Change, EU Twining Programme, Good governance
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
1 500 000 EUR (EU budget funds)
Project goal
  • Mainstream environment and climate change in the national planning processes, along the operationalization of the sectoral strategies.
  • Develop, validate and support the utilization of new guidelines for environment and climate change mainstreaming.

 

Duration of the project: 24 months + 3 months.

More about the project in Development cooperation department press release.

Implementing organization
Lithuania (Environmental Project Management Agency (APVA), Ministry of the Environment, CPMA - leader, Austria - junior partner
2022
Build your ARTificial inTELLingence skills & Co-create for Real time economy in Palestine (ART-inTELL)
Year
2023, 2022
Sector of assistance
Digitalisation and Innovation
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
93 614,74 EUR
Project goal

To help students acquire practical skills in developing AI solutions, transfer new knowledge and advanced work methods, and contribute to the long-term solution to the challenges of the Palestinian economy through the application of innovative digital, data-driven technologies in the areas of investment attraction, higher added value, new jobs and creation of horizontal connections between target groups.

Implementing organization
Digitech association INFOBALT
Financing source
Fund for the Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid
Empowering women in Palestine for digital business (PWpower)
Year
2022
Sector of assistance
Gender Equality and women empowerment
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
10 000 EUR
Project goal

To strengthen the participation of women and girls in the labor market in the field of technology in Palestine. The focus is placed on women who are studying in colleges or universities, already working in the field of technology or those who want to retrain.

Embassy project

Project results
  • The project activities provided knowledge and practical skills in technological entrepreneurship, self-development of digital businesses, and the opportunity to network with innovative digital technology businesses in EU countries, in particular start-ups and their development ecosystems.
  • A digital skills development/training curriculum has been developed and transferred to the partner, which can be further used to train the target audience.
  • The training provided participants with competences for careers in digital technology development.
  • A hackathon was organised.
  • 27 September 2022, the opening ceremony of the practical part of the project took place at the Palestinian Ministry of Telecommunications and IT.
  • The project was continuously publicised to ensure Lithuania's visibility.
  • The project made Lithuania known in Palestine as one of Europe's digital technology leaders.
Implementing organization
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania / Representative Office of the Republic of Lithuania in Palestine/ Association “INFOBALT“
Strengthening women's agricultural initiatives (IoT-based smart greenhouse for environmental and economic sustainability at Birzeit Camp)
Year
2022
Sector of assistance
Gender Equality and women empowerment
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
10 000 EUR
Project goal

To ensure greater access to food for women and their families living in the refugee camp; to provide women the opportunity to work and get additional income by selling products grown in a smart greenhouse; to strengthen women‘s role in the problem- solving process within their community; to increase women's self-confidence; to encourage them to develop new projects and expand their networks.

Project results
  • The project provided training to participants on greenhouse smart technology management and leadership and business skills development (10 training hours, 56 participants).
  • On 7 November 2022, the installed smart greenhouse was officially opened.
  • During the project, the local community was made aware of the sustainable farming process.
  • Sustainable use of natural resources in the smart greenhouse was ensured.
  • The project was continuously publicised to ensure Lithuania's visibility (on social networks, informing the Palestinian authorities and the international donor community).
Implementing organization
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania / Representative Office of the Republic of Lithuania in Palestine/ Birzeit Popular Services Committee
2021
Digital Economic Empowerment for Small Business Women Owners and Cross-Borders Marketing Project
Year
2021
Sector of assistance
Digitalisation and Innovation, Gender Equality and women empowerment, Private Sector and Entrepreneurship Development
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
10 495,77
Project goal

Promoting the access of Palestinian small businesswomen owners, aged between 18-35 years in the Hebron Governate in reaching sustainable livelihoods through digital cross-border marketing.

Project results
  • Training in e-marketing and e-shop management was organised in Hebron, 60 women attended a training courses on "Sales and Marketing", "Quality Management", "Feasibility Analysis", "Environmental Protection and Green Business Concepts" and "Photography".
  • The "Bastah" web portal (https://busta.ps) has been created.
  • Digital advertising campaign for the products was created, 7 online advertisements were shared on Facebook social networking site, reaching more than 100 000 users on Facebook social networking site.
  • 50 hours of consultancy services were provided to small business owners on the quality of product advertising, foreign market reach, e-commerce management, communication skills.
  • 60 women entrepreneurs took part in the "Global Entrepreneurship Week" event where they had the opportunity to sell their products.
  • 60 women entrepreneurs and 20 large entrepreneurs participated in the Digital Marketing Exhibition, during which 20 contracts were signed with women to buy their products.
Implementing organization
Palestinian Center for Communication and Development Strategies
Digital economic empowerment of women in refugee camps in the West Bank
Year
2021
Sector of assistance
Digitalisation and Innovation, Gender Equality and women empowerment, Private Sector and Entrepreneurship Development
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
7 055
Project goal

Encouraging 40  Palestinian small business owners living in refugee camps to achieve a sustainable livelihood through digital cross-border marketing.

Diplomatic mission project

Project results
  • During an event held in Al-Fawar refugee camp, women living in the refugee camp were introduced to the possibilities of e-commerce.
  • Training on "Capacity development in digital marketing and e-commerce" was organised (20 training hours).
    A trade fair was organised in Al-Aroub refugee camp (43 participants), showcasing women entrepreneurs, their products and the impact of digital technologies on their businesses.
  • 40 e-shops were created by the project participants.
  • An agreement with Iradah, the first incubator for women entrepreneurs in Palestine was signed, to include the project participants in a network of small women entrepreneurs, thus ensuring their participation in various exhibitions, fairs, counselling and other support, and the sharing of good practices.
  • Consultancy services were provided to the project participants (communication skills development, e-shop management, product photography, etc.).
Implementing organization
Palestinian Center for Communication and Development Strategies
Economic empowerment of women through the production of organic honey and marketing it online
Year
2021
Sector of assistance
Gender Equality and women empowerment, Private Sector and Entrepreneurship Development
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
7 925
Project goal

Empowering unemployed female graduates from the Agriculture colleges from Eastern Yatta villages (Litwanah and Susiah) economically and socially by establishing and launching women's cooperative to produce and market organic honey locally and online.

Diplomatic mission project

Project results
  • 25 hours training on organic honey production was organised.
  • 25 hives, 15 sets of special clothing, 15 beekeeping tools, as well as honey sorting and packaging equipment and a special promotional sign were purchased for the participants.
  • The project participants received 20 hours of consultancy services on beekeeping, organic honey production and marketing.
  • An agreement with Iradah, the first incubator for women entrepreneurs in Palestine, for a period of one year, was signed to include the project participants in a network of small women entrepreneurs, thus ensuring their participation in various exhibitions, fairs, counselling and other assistance, and sharing of good practices.
Implementing organization
Hebron Community Center for Youth and Adult Education
2019
Twinning project: Strengthening the Capacity of the Palestinian Authority to Improve Customs Revenue Collection and Borders Crossings Control
Year
2019
Sector of assistance
EU Twining Programme, Good governance
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
2 000 000 EUR (EU budget funds)
Project goal

To improve the Palestinian Authority fiscal position through improving collection of customs revenues and strengthening borders control in order to reduce evasion of customs duties.

Project duration: 24  months + 3 months

More information about the project in Lithuanian Development Cooperation department press release.

Implementing organization
Lithuania (Customs Department, State Border Guard Service, CPMA)
„Digital Business Women“: Capacity building and empowering Palestinian women entrepreneurs with digital skills
Year
2019
Sector of assistance
Digitalisation and Innovation, Gender Equality and women empowerment, Private Sector and Entrepreneurship Development
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
16 900,94
Project goal

Accelerate the economic empowerment of young Palestinian women (22-35 years old) by sharing knowledge and experience between Palestinian and Lithuanian women entrepreneurs and experts, strengthening networking, communication, digital marketing and social networking skills; to develop an information platform for cooperation between Lithuania and Palestine B2B.

Implementing organization
Market Place investment (MPI) Diplomatic mission project
2018
„Digital Business Women“: Capacity building and empowering Palestinian women entrepreneurs with digital skills
Year
2018
Sector of assistance
Digitalisation and Innovation, Gender Equality and women empowerment, Private Sector and Entrepreneurship Development
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
16 822,5
Implementing organization
Market Place investment (MPI) Embassy project
2017
Capacity building and empowering women in digital entreperneurship
Year
2017
Sector of assistance
Digitalisation and Innovation, Gender Equality and women empowerment, Private Sector and Entrepreneurship Development
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
14.943
Implementing organization
Embassy project Private Shareholding Company Ltd. “Wattan TV”
2016
Palestinian and Lithuanian clowndoctors cooperation: best practice and social skills exchange (Part II)
Year
2016
Sector of assistance
Health care, Social Protection
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
9.216,8
Implementing organization
Association “RED NOSES Clowndoctors”
2015
Palestinian and Lithuanian clowndoctors cooperation: best practice and social skills exchange
Year
2015
Sector of assistance
Health care, Social Protection
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
N/A
Implementing organization
Association „RED NOSES Clowndoctors“
Psychosocial therapy using personal documentary
Year
2015
Sector of assistance
Democracy and Civil Society, Health care
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
N/A
Implementing organization
NGO „Aspectus Memoria"
2013
Strengthening Youth Active Citizenship through Non-formal Learning
Year
2013
Sector of assistance
Democracy and Civil Society
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
N/A
Implementing organization
Association "Non-material Wealth Fund"
2011
Common activities of LT-PS.NET
Year
2011
Sector of assistance
Democracy and Civil Society, Good governance
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
N/A
Implementing organization
NGO „In Actio“
2010
Fostering the collaboration between Lithuania and Palestine
Year
2010
Sector of assistance
Education, Historical and cultural heritage protection
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
N/A
Implementing organization
NGO „In Actio“
2009
Study visit for representatives from Palestine political parties and institutions on election process organization and upbringing of civil society
Year
2009
Sector of assistance
Democracy and Civil Society
Project countries
Palestine
Allocated funds
N/A
Implementing organization
Lithuanian Journalism Centre
Development Cooperation with Palestine

The strategic objectives of Lithuania's development cooperation policy have been determined based on the needs of the Middle East countries (Palestine), the Programme of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, and the priorities of the EU’s Policy.

Sectoral priorities of the development cooperation strategy for the Middle East (Palestine) in 2022‒2025:

1) strengthening administrative and institutional capacity, transferring experience in the area of public sector reforms;

2) sustainable economic development;

3) the elimination of the preconditions for illegal migration.

Assistance to Palestine

Lithuania has been implementing development cooperation projects in Palestine since 2009.

In 2009-2020, 10 development cooperation projects are being implemented with the funds of the Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Programme for 101,1 thousand euros. Support was provided in the areas of strengthening democratic and civil society, non-formal education, and women's economic empowerment.In 2021, three projects have been implemented in Palestine in the area of women’s economic empowerment, for which 25,4 thousand euros have been allocated. In 2022, three projects have been implemented in Palestine in the area of women’s economic empowerment, for which 113 614 thousand euros have been allocated.

Humanitarinian Aid

Humanitarian Aid (Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Programme, EUR)

Year

Litas

Euro

Total:

467 000

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA),
humanitarian aid for Palestinian refugees

2023

-

30 000

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), humanitarian aid in Palestine

2023

-

150 000

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA),
humanitarian aid in Palestine

2023

-

100 000

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), humanitarian aid for the Palestinian refugees to combat COVID-19

2020

-

50 000

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), humanitarian aid to Palestine

2020

-

17 000

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), humanitarian aid for Syria

2019

-

30 000

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), humanitarian aid for the Palestinian refugees

2018

-

20 000

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), humanitarian aid for the Palestinian refugees

2017

-

20 000

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), humanitarian aid for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East

2016

-

20 000

United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), assistance for Palestinian refugees in the Middle East

2014

103 584

30 000

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