Growing rates of poverty and unemployment in the State of Palestine have made it increasingly difficult for many Palestinians to maintain minimum standards of living, with many people unable to afford basic commodities, including food, clothing and housing. Other needs, such as health care, transportation and education are also increasingly difficult to access.
The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics’ 2017 household monthly consumption patterns survey, for example, shows that 29 per cent of individuals in the State of Palestine suffered poverty. The State of Palestine is, however, experiencing demographic growth patterns that provide opportunities and potential for citizen mobilization and a strong vibrant working force. Concurrently, this also brings several challenges that require strong public services to provide future generations with the skills and capacities needed to achieve success in the labor market, and to ensure that children and youth have the space needed to participate in society and to realize their rights.