DFID in the OPT
157. The strategic focus of DFID's programme in the
OPT is provided by its London office. The role of the new DFID
office in Jerusalem is to represent DFID and seek to influence
the donor environment and help improve donor co-ordination. We
think that DFID can have an influential role in increasing donor
harmonisation through its support for Palestinian-led development.
DFID's work in building the PA's capacity has been effective and
meets its objectives of supporting the peace process and the development
of a viable future Palestinian state. It could increase support
to the PA in the area of planning capacity and effective communication
158. DFID is developing a country strategy for
the OPT. We believe its strategy should seek to alleviate poverty
not only through service provision or development, but also through
the working to the broader objective of increasing aid effectiveness
through donor harmonisation and through a development conversation
with the GOI about the relative responsibilities of Israel as
an occupier, and the responsibilities of donors in relieving suffering.
DFID should also be considering its involvement with advocacy
as part of long-term poverty reduction. In particular it should
give greater attention to pressuring the GOI for freedom of movement
for humanitarian goods and personnel.