Gaza 2010: Assessing Human Security Needs in the Middle East


Principal Investigator:
Claude Bruderlein, Lecturer on International Health

Department of Global Health and Population/ Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research

Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Dates of Research:
January 1, 2006 — December 31, 2006


This project aims to assess the current human security situation in the Gaza Strip, to evaluate the projected public needs of the Palestinian population in terms of key services and employment, and to facilitate both intra-Palestinian and regional dialogue on human security issues of urgent concern to policy planners in the Middle East. In cooperation with the Palestinian Authority and other Palestinian institutions, the project plans to map projected public needs in five human security sectors ? education, employment, environment, health services, and housing ? and to analyze their implications for the next five years (from 2005 to 2010). This research will provide the technical ground to identify forward looking options for key domestic and international actors in managing the interaction between human security and state building in the context of a continued high level of insecurity. At the conclusion of the research component of the project, the results will be compiled in a report providing a Human Security Assessment for the Gaza Strip, which will be distributed and discussed with the Palestinian Authority as well as key stakeholders in the region.