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Additional $18.5m to improve Palestine infrastructure services

Entire buildings have been reduced to rubble after the air strikes unleashed by Israel. 14 November 2018, Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Entire buildings have been reduced to rubble after the air strikes unleashed by Israel. 14 November 2018, Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Norway and Sweden contributed an additional total amount of $18.5 million to the Palestinian Partnership for Infrastructure Development Multi-Donor Trust Fund (PID fund) administered by the World Bank, Ma’an News Agency reports.

The World Bank Group said in a statement that “the funds contributed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) of $10 million, and the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs of $8.5 million, will support the Palestinian Authority implementing sector reforms and improving the quality and sustainability of infrastructure in water, energy and local government services provided to the Palestinian citizens.”

“The PID Fund was established in 2012 with the objective of improving the coverage, quality, and sustainability of infrastructure in the Palestinian territories through financial and technical support in the energy, water and urban development sectors.

“The statement added that with the new contributions, the total amount allocated to the PID fund is about $186.4 million. Currently, donors contributing to the fund include the governments of Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and United Kingdom.

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