Palestine Finance for Jobs (F4J)

Client: World Bank

Duration: 2016-2020

Region: Middle East and North Africa

Country: Palestine

Solutions: Economic Growth

One of the most important political, social, and economic challenges facing Palestine today is the lack of sustainable and productive employment opportunities for the state’s growing population. Creating more jobs for women, youth, and marginalized people in particular is seen as the most effective path towards reducing overall poverty in Palestine. However, many companies have been cut off from direct market contact and cannot find financing, leading them to rely on outdated business models that limit their ability to compete, grow, and add new jobs. In addition, Palestine’s insecure business environment with high risks and high costs has deterred outside private investment, while a breakdown of trust and dialogue between the private sector and the Palestinian Authority has undermined innovation and growth.

The Finance for Jobs (F4J) project, implemented by DAI on behalf of the Ministry of Finance and Planning (MOFP), is an economic development program designed to address these key constraints to increased job growth. F4J is the first in an anticipated series of projects with the overarching objective of mobilizing private investment and creating employment opportunities in the West Bank and Gaza by deploying innovative financing instruments that crowd in private investment.

Our approach to F4J will promote cross-sector employment by providing coordinated matching grants that allow entire vertical pipelines of companies to grow together and create jobs. F4J will also work closely with investment funds, businesses, and government agencies to generate proof-of-concept results in the first year and use lessons learned in scaling up early successes for wider implementation.

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Sample Activities

  • Solicit proposals from investment funds for cost-shared financing to improve performance of their enterprises and assist selected funds in enhancing their overall pipeline of invested businesses.

  • Work with development impact bond (DIB) advising partner, Social Finance, to build a financial model for the bond that most efficiently meets the needs of the Palestinian Authority, service providers, employers, and investors, as well identify potential DIB investors.

  • Develop a social cost-benefit analysis tool to assist the MOFP and private-sector stakeholders in identifying industries and business with high job creation potential for investment.

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