The Partnership broadened its mandate in 2019 to incorporate more flexible financing solutions beyond OBA, to keep up with the changing needs of our clients and to achieve greater impact. The name change to GPRBA marked this expansion.
GPRBA's first project in the solid waste management sector was for the benefit of residents in the Bethlehem and Hebron governorates in the southern West Bank; components of this project included consruction of the Al-Minya Sanitary Landfill and the closing of dozens of illegal dumpsite, establishment of recycling facilities, and jobs training for waste pickers.
The ongoing refugee crisis in the Middle East is placing increased pressure on the region's environment and municipal services. capacity.
This IFC-produced video describes the pioneering solid waste management project for the Bethlehem and Hebron Governorates, and recognizes GPRBA's (ex-GPOBA) role in bringing the project to fruition.
In the West Bank and Gaza, decades of conflict have led to underinvestment in solid-waste management. Hebron and Bethlehem, the poorest governorates in the West Bank and home to nearly one million people, generated 20 percent of the area’s total solid waste. In 2009, About 500 tons of waste produced daily were disposed of in unsanitary dumps, illegally abandoned, or burned.