Mazen Naim, NRC's advocacy and communications officer in Gaza, on the roof of his house in Beit Hanoun
Photo: Karl Schembri/NRC
Read caption NRC has been active in Palestine since 2009, and is working across Gaza and the West Bank. Here from Beit Hanoun in Gaza. Photo: NRC/Karl Schembri

NRC in Palestine

NRC is providing humanitarian assistance and promoting respect for international law in one of the longest-running displacement crises in modern history.

A total of


people in need received our assistance in 2017.

Humanitarian overview

In Palestine, some 4.5 million Palestinians are suffering under a prolonged occupation. Palestine, which consists of two territories, the West Bank including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, struggles under Israeli control which denies them basic human rights.

In Gaza, a decade-long blockade has systemically starved people of opportunity. Palestinians in Gaza have severely restricted access to goods and services as well as their ability to move outside of the Strip, while 80 per cent of the 2 million people in Gaza rely on international aid.

In Area C of the West Bank, the most vulnerable communities, including Bedouin refugees, are at heightened risk of forcible transfer. There has been a surge in the destruction and confiscation of Palestinian property, and obstruction of relief efforts.

In East Jerusalem, about one-third of the 330,000 Palestinian residents are at risk of being cut off from their city, with attempts to adapt legislation that would effectively redraw the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem. This legislation may also include annexation of settlement blocs to Jerusalem.

People we helped in Palestine in 2017

people benefited from our education programme
people benefited from our shelter programme
people benefited from our camp management programme
people benefited from our ICLA programme

NRC's operation

We protect and assist Palestinians affected by, or threatened with, displacement in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

We provide legal counselling to promote human rights while working to improve and provide shelter, water and sanitation facilities along with quality education.

We also advocate for the rights of displaced Palestinians both nationally and globally.

NRC Camp managementCamp management

We provide internally displaced people and vulnerable communities with access to protection and vital services in Gaza. Our camp management team:

  • works to include internally displaced people and vulnerable communities in decision making processes
  • increases the emergency preparedness capacities of local authorities and humanitarian actors
  • enhances the transparency and accountability of humanitarian work
  • improves the communication between communities and humanitarian organisations


NRC EducationEducation

Many children in Palestine have seen or experienced events that no child should go though, and many struggle with nightmares that affect them in their everyday lives and in the classrooms. We work to ensure that Palestinian children have access to quality education and psycho-educational support. We:

  • train teachers on how to manage a classroom with children who have gone through stressful and traumatic events, and how to better support students who struggle with their schoolwork
  • train counsellors to support students with chronic night traumas
  • help teachers and school staff to improve child-centred teaching and learning approaches
  • support parents and help them set up parent associations
  • in collaboration with our ICLA teams, we provide information to students, parents and teachers about their rights and where they can get the support they need
  • provide emergency grants for schools assuring they have both the learning material they need, and that they can be better equipped to handle attacks


NRC Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)

We work to protect people and communities that have been, or are at risk of being, forced to leave their homes against their will. We provide legal information, training, counselling and pro-bono representation on behalf of those affected by discriminatory policies. We:

  • work closely with national and international stakeholders to help them influence positive change
  • provide legal services that protect people from demolition, eviction and confiscation orders, revocation of residency rights, access restrictions, and settler violence in the West Bank
  • provide people in Gaza information about their housing, land and property rights to promote tenure security, with a focus on women's rights
  • work with Israeli and Palestinian NGOs and private lawyers to provide high-quality counselling and legal assistance


NRC Shelter and settlementsShelter and settlements

We provide access to adequate shelter to the most vulnerable people in Gaza affected by conflict and natural disasters. Our teams:

  • provide shelter for households living in war-damaged or inadequate homes
  • provide conditional cash grants and technical assistance to people who had their homes damaged to ensure that they have adequate shelter that can protect them from harsh conditions
  • distribute bedding sets like mattresses and blankets during the winter season to protect poor families from the harsh winter climate
  • supervise contractors that repair and upgrade public schools to improve students' learning space


NRC Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) promotion

We support vulnerable communities with access to safe, sufficient, and affordable hygiene and water facilities in Gaza. Our teams:

  • provide water and sanitation facilities, including bathrooms, toilets, sinks and water network supplies to vulnerable households along with our shelter teams
  • equip public schools with water and sanitation facilities, including storage tanks, toilets, and water well connection
  • support local authorities to better improve peoples' access to public services and mitigate flooding during the winter season
  • distribute hygiene items like soap to vulnerable households, and provide training about safe water handling, personal and household hygiene along with environmental health


Policy, protection and research

We provide protection and policy advice to a range of key actors in Palestine, promoting humanitarian assistance in line with international law. We interact closely with international decision makers and advocate for the protection of displaced and vulnerable peoples' human rights.

Cluster and other coordination support

We are a leader in humanitarian outreach in Palestine, leading the Shelter Cluster and hosting important coordination mechanisms, including the Association for International Development Agencies (AIDA) and the West Bank Protection Consortium.

NRC Palestine is grateful for the generous support from our donors:


  • Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA)
  • Norwegian Agency for Development cooperation (Norad)
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
  • UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)
  • Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
  • European Union (EU)
  • The Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID)
  • Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • United Nations Office for Public Services (UNOPS)
  • United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
  • Swiss Development Corporation (SDC)
  • Governments of Luxembourg, Denmark, Ireland, France, Belgium DGD

About NRC in (country)

International staff
Areas of operation
Jerusalem (Country office), Hebron, Ramallah, Gaza, West Bank and East Jerusalem
Budget 2017
USD 13 million
National staff


Country Director

Kate O'Rourke


+972 2 6261168