Contracting party:           European Commission
Funded By:                      European Union
Starting Date:                  November  2018
Ending Date:                     May 2022

The overall objective of the project is to maintain the viability of the two-state solution with Jerusalem as the capital of two states. More specifically, the project aims to strenghthen the resilience of Palestinian East Jerusalem residents and preserve the Palestinian character of the city. The project’s target groups are the communities of Jerusalem old city, Silwand & Ath Thuri, Jabal al Mukabbir, As Sawahira al Gharbiya, Beit Safafa & Sharafat, Sur Baher & Umm Tuba, kafr ‘Aqab, Beit Hanina, and Shu’fat with a total estimated population of 229,360 people. To achieve its objectives the project will focus on: (1) Increasing local and international awareness of the impacts of Israeli spatial-demographic policies of exclusion, marginalization, and enclavization on the livelihoods and living conditions of Palestinian EJ residents; (2) empowering the Palestinian communities and civil society in EJ to claim their rights and their political and developmental space through collective actions at community level, advocacy actions, and participatory planning; (3) Promoting the Palestinian cultural and heritage identity of the city and of Palestinian businesses related to local and international tourism; and (4) support the streamlining of effective interventions in the educational sector.

The project will result in a 3D data model and geospatial monitoring system of: (a) geopolitical conditions in EJ; (b) gender disaggregated demographic and socioeconomic indicators; and (c) the quality and accessibility to educational, environmental, recreational (tourism) and health services, A 3D visualization system of Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem (EJ) linked to the Geospatial database, Educational Facilities Development Decision Support System (DSS) for EJ, in addition to developing EJ community profiles assessing communities’ needs and developmental priorities.