Publications

Democratizing the Refugee Issue - Survey Results

During 2000, IPCRI convened 48 Town-Hall Meetings in 9 different refugee camps in the West Bank and Gaza. In all, hundreds of refugees took part in some of the most intensive and comprehensive discussions concerning their future that have ever taken place. In March of 2001 a survey was conducted with 1600 respondents. This report has the results of the survey. The recommendations created from analyzing the survey can be seen in the separate document titles "Democratizing the Refugee Issue – Recommendations."

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Israeli-Palestinian Business and Economic Cooperation

In order for the publics on both sides to lend their support for the new prospects of peacemaking, there must be an immediate positive impact on the welfare of ordinary Palestinian and Israeli citizens. One of the main keys to economic development is vitalizing the private sector and engaging it in opportunities to profit from the new environment created as a result of Israel’s disengagement from Gaza.

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Creating the Palestinian State – Gaza First

This report discusses the recent Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and analyses what effect this could have on the Palestinian State. The report ties the success of the Gaza project closely to the success of another Palestinian State.

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Microfinance in Palestine in 2005: Overview of Impact and Potential Recommendations

The main challenge for the microfinance stakeholders is to bring this young sector to maturity. Based on comparison with post-conflict Bosnia, or culturally comparable Middle East neighbors, a well-implemented microfinance framework could help MFIs (MicroFinance Institutions) serve as many as 100,000 micro and small entrepreneurs within 4 to 6 years – in the hypothesis of a gradually improving political situation, meaning further Israeli disengagement and improved Palestinian law and order.

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Kerem Shalom as a Model for Organizing the International Borders of the Palestinian Authority

Strategic Affairs Unit Policy Paper

This document aims to provide some new concepts and ideas in the form of two possible models that can be immediately implemented in Kerem Shalom that will enable a process of gradual transference of authority from Israel to the Palestinian Authority regarding the clearance of goods from Egypt to Gaza. In an ideal situation, the preferred model for the Gaza-Egypt crossing would be a bi-lateral model agreed upon by Egypt and the PA, however given the objective reality and the lack of trust between Israel and the PA, there seems to be no way to avoid direct Israeli involvement.

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