U.S. Assistance to Palestinians

The U.S. government has consistently been the leading provider of bilateral development and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians, with more than USD 5.2 billion provided since 1994 through USAID.  In recent years (i.e. FY 2012-FY 2016), USAID provided over $1.7 billion in bilateral development and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians in the areas of democracy and governance; education; health; private enterprise; security assistance; water and sanitation; and infrastructure.


Beyond USAID, the United States is the largest bilateral contributor to UNRWA in support of Palestinian refugees throughout the region.  The United States also provides substantial support to help the Palestinian Authority provide law enforcement and maintain the rule of law.  U.S. support to Palestinians includes programs implemented by the Middle East Partnership Initiative as well as educational and cultural programing through the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem.  While funding levels change from year to year, the U.S. Government will remain active in each of these fields.


U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Fiscal year (FY) 2015 (obligated in FY 2016) – $290 million
    • Indirect Support for Debt Relief – $75 million
    • Gaza Humanitarian Assistance, Water – $71 million
    • Water Supply and Sanitation – $41 million
    • Economic Growth, Energy, and Private Sector Development – $31 million
    • Infrastructure, Roads, Community Infrastructure – $31 million
    • Education and Youth – $25 million
    • Democracy and Governance – $12 million
    • Health – $4.5 million
  • FY 2015 (centrally funded) Conflict Mitigation and Monitoring – $10 million
  • $5.2 billion in total since 1994


U.S. Support to UNRWA

  • $355,177,827 toward UNRWA’s 2016 operations, including $95,000,000 for the West Bank and Gaza Emergency Appeal


Security and Justice Assistance

  • $858,000,000 allocated since 2007, including over $200,000,000 in infrastructure projects
  • $54,824,000 budgeted for FY 2016


Middle East Partnership Initiative

  • Approximately $8,700,000 in West Bank and Gaza-specific programming for FY 2016


Public Diplomacy

  • $2,100,000 for FY 2016 to support education, civil society, and women’s empowerment
  • $2,200,000 for FY 2016 for the English Access Microscholarship Program
  • Every year the U.S. State Department sends approximately 250 Palestinians to the United States on professional and student exchanges, including approximately 75 Gazans.


Conventional Weapons Destruction

  • Over $4 million invested since 2011 to support humanitarian mine action programs in the West Bank, including $1 million in FY 2016.