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Agile response by the alliance for humanitarian international action to control the spread of covid-19

Cooperative Development Organisation

Implementing Partners and Organisations


Period of Implementation

January 2020 - March 2021

Geographic scope

Asia-Pacific: Palestine (State of)

Cities: West Bank (Ramallah and Al-Bireh, Nablus, Qalqilya, Bethlehem, Hebron)


$ 314,440
€ 299 467


Bilateral Aid: Bilateral Aid / Government agencies


Agroforestry, Industry, Social

Type of Activity

Budget support (Grants or Direct Financing), Business-to-Business exchanges, Technical Assistance & Advisory, Training & Capacity Building, Value Chains / Socioeconomic Circuits


The project aims to provide support for cooperatives affected by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing the appropriate infrastructure to improve production and marketing processes in order to enhance opportunities for sustainability, continuity and development. The following is a presentation of the main activities implemented within the project: 1) Developing a methodology for selecting the targeted grassroots institutions within the project activities 2) Implementation of field visits in order to assess the needs of the targeted grassroots institutions within the activities of the project and the distributors on the West Bank governorates, which are Qalqilya, Nablus, Salfit, Bethlehem and Hebron by 10 residential communities. 3) Inventory of specifications and quantities for the required equipment and tools based on an assessment of the needs of the targeted base institutions, which focus on developing the production and marketing infrastructure. 4) Implementation of guidance and counseling sessions for workers in economic projects affiliated with grassroots institutions in the field of pricing, food processing, networking mechanisms and sales methods in order to improve the chances of developing and sustaining the work of economic projects. 5) Enhancing the capabilities of cooperative members in the field of managing existing small projects and e-marketing, which contributed to enhancing the participants’ awareness of managing small projects, and the participants became skilled in managing their projects in terms of administrative, marketing and financial aspects. 6) The total number of members of the General Assembly for the targeted grassroots institutions within the project reached 1,734 members, distributed as follows between males and females, with 842 male members, 892 female members. 7) 45.5% of the targeted grassroots institutions work in the field of food manufacturing, while 27.3% work in the field of economic and service empowerment, and 27.3 work in the field of agricultural production and marketing of agricultural products.

Project Objectives

1. Support farmers and herders including unemployed workers with inputs and/or Cash for Work (CFW) opportunities 2. Support (inputs, tools, capacity building) youth start-ups, women-led small businesses, and cooperatives affected by COVID-19 to boost their production capacity, food security and livelihoods

Impact on SDGs

SDG1 - No Poverty
SDG7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
SDG8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Main Indicators

1. 310 male and female (at least 30%) farmers, herders (engaged in fruits, vegetables, agricultural product processing and livestock) affected by the COVID-19
2. 15 start-ups, women-led businesses (at least 5), (on average 25 members each, total 250 individuals. Individual businesses may also be targeted.
3. 11 cooperatives (on average 25 members each, total 250 individuals).

Impact Measurement

1. Baseline and Endline Survey
2. Success stories from the project
3. Field visits
4. Final evaluation of the project by an external evaluator

Direct beneficiaries

Organisations: 11

Individuals: 300

Local stakeholders

Beit Ummar Cooperative Society for Food Processing, Al-Zaytouna Cooperative Society for Agricultural Development, Al-Nahda Agricultural Company, Dawalina Agricultural Manufacturing Company, Cooperative Society for Savings and Credit

Key Tags

Employment, Food Security, Informal economy