Seizing the moment: Gaza donors’ conference

Briefing papers
October 2014
Eva Svoboda

Addressing humanitarian consequences of violence is just the first step dealing with its causes is the next

On 12 October Egypt and Norway will host a donor conference in Cairo to raise funds for the rebuilding of Gaza following the recent conflict there. It is hoped that the conference will help generate $5 billion.

But the reconstruction of Gaza after the latest round of conflict will cost $6 billion, and could take decades.

This crisis brief examines the crisis in Gaza, the larger Israeli-Palestinian conflict and proposes key next steps for Israelis, Palestinians and international donors to help end the cycle of violence.

Key messages:

  • Simply pledging more money at the donor conference in Cairo in October is not the solution.
  • As the cycle of violence continues, Israelis and Palestinians are heading towards a state of near-permanent conflict. Donors can and should play a more assertive role by demanding a clear timetable and milestones for negotiations.
  • It is in the interest of Israelis and Palestinians to find a durable solution to the conflict, and donors should support this - and if need be put pressure on both sides to make progress.

This is the first of a new series HPG Crisis Briefs which provides rapid analysis on topical humanitarian issues to inform the debate amongst policy-makers and practitioners.

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