T.U.R.B.O – Tubas Rural Business Opportunities and Social Innovation

The project aims to strengthen the resilience of rural communities in the Jordan Valley, through the implementation of socio-economic activities.

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Beneficiaries (*)

Local partners
  • Tubas Governorate
  • Business Woman Forum – BWF
International partners
  • Legacoop Emilia-Romagna
  • Cooperativa di Comunità Melpignano
  • Cooperativa LattEmilia
  • Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano PAB
Funding agencies

AICS – Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Starting date

March 2017

Implementation period

36 months

The Palestinian economy's growth rate has declined sharply in recent years because of the severe restrictions imposed by Israel and the stalemate in the peace process. This situation has hindered the creation of employment, especially for women and young people for whom are recorded the highest unemployment rates. Besides the 19 communities of the Governorate of Tubas, identified as beneficiaries of the project, showed low levels of access to water services, sanitation and energy, as well as to factors of production. They also struggle with human rights violations. Creating conditions for the social-economic development of the most vulnerable communities is therefore fundamental. The project fits into this context, supporting endogenous and sustainable development processes such as economic development, the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms, gender equality - in particular helping to improve women's opportunities in the economy, through specific training programs and technical and financial support. The initiative is based on the idea that, in order to promote development interventions in the Palestinian context - characterized by a long conflict - the Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development (LRRD) actions that the link between relief, rehabilitation and development, they are fundamental. The attempt is to connect the chronic need for humanitarian aid to the Palestinian population, and sustainable development projects that improve their living conditions.

The general objective is to strengthen the resilience of rural communities in the Jordan Valley in the West Bank through linking actions among relief, rehabilitation and development.

The specific objective is to promote the possibility to stay for agricultural realities in 19 communities in the Tubas Governorate - strengthen protection, business environment and value chain for inclusive development.

  • Development of early warning mechanism in the communities, to report violations of human rights;
  • Training for the Tubas Governorate staff to monitor and respond to human rights violations, drafting the Security Response Plans (PRP) for each community and creating a Governorate Department to update the PRP;
  • Training for civil officials on "Community-based Approach Protection" (CPA);
  • Mapping of needs to build specific mechanisms of social protection for the Area C;
  • Rehabilitation Center fodder production;
  • Training for the management and maintenance of services and factors of production;
  • Exchange of good practices with Italian reality;
  • Analysis of the supply chain and selection of the best projects;
  • Support the startup of 10 new women's social enterprises;
  • Support the creation of five pilot communities cooperatives for the management of services;
  • Marketing and promotion in the area of ​​the experiences and products;
  • Supporting the Governorate in planning the creation of accountability mechanisms between the Governorate and civil society, in an inclusive development frame;
  • Training for public officials on good governance.


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