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Development assistance in the Palestinian Territories

Improving public financial management and a more competitive agricultural economy in the Palestinian Territories


Australian aid supports building agricultural markets as a driver of economic growth and a tool for strengthening communities through the third phase of the Australian Middle East NGO Cooperation Agreement (AMENCA 3). Australia Awards Scholarships enable the next generation of Palestinian leaders to influence their futures and their institutions.

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Australian Middle East NGO Cooperation Agreement (AMENCA 3): Palestinian Farmers Connecting to Markets

$32 million, 2016-2021

AMENCA 3 is a markets systems development (MSD) program that supports sustainable development assistance in the Palestinian Territories. Agriculture is a key sector, but restrictions on access to the movement of commodities, goods and people, and natural resources such as water, infrastructure and technology, have restricted it. AMENCA 3 started in April 2016 and builds on the achievements of two previous AMENCA programs dating back to 2005. The current program aims to increase incomes and economic growth by stimulating agricultural value chains and connecting Palestinian farmers to markets. AMENCA 3 works with three Australian NGOs and their consortia of Palestinian NGOs and private sector partners, and a team of four advisors, to increase productivity in the agriculture sector. The program provides and enhances economic and social opportunities for women and young Palestinians in farming communities to develop skills, gain employment and exercise leadership.

AMENCA 3 has successfully helped local cooperatives to gain technical and business skills for security jobs and enhance incomes, enabling farmers to engage more sustainably and profitably in value chains. AUD 15 million of private sector investment has been leveraged to stimulate the economy of the Palestinian Territories through business partnerships. Women are also reporting increases in income and economic empowerment. Roads have been rehabilitated and access to water improved, and farmers have adopted innovative practices, which has resulted in improved quality grapes and chemical free vegetables.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
AMENCA 3–Investment Design Framework 2015 Design document
Program Review: Australia Middle-East NGO Cooperation Agreement (AMENCA) Phase Two (2009-15) 2015 Independent review
Australian Middle East NGO Cooperation Agreement Program – Phase Three (AMENCA 3) – Palestinian Farmers Connecting to Markets mid-term review report and management response 2019 Independent review

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Australia Award Scholarships

Australia Awards Scholarships provide the opportunity to study at Master’s level. Scholarships are open to residents of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. Applicants are selected for their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential to have an impact on development challenges in the Palestinian Territories. Applications from women and people with a disability are strongly encouraged. Since 2012, Australia has awarded scholarships to 77 Palestinians (including 25 women), which are helping build public sector management skills within the PA and agricultural development. In 2018-19, Australia offered 12 Australia Award Scholarships.

Applications generally open in February of each year. For more information, go to

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Palestinian Territories–Information for intake commencing 2019 2018 Information booklet

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* The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is committed to high standards of transparency and accountability in the management of the Australian aid program through publishing information on our website, including policies, plans, results, evaluations and research. Our practice is to publish documents after the partner government and any other partners directly involved in the delivery of the initiative have been consulted. Not all material published on this site is created by the Australian aid program and therefore not all documents reflect our views. In limited circumstances some information may be withheld for reasons including privacy and commercial sensitivity.






Last Updated: 12 November 2019
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