Oxfam - Market Development Programme for Palestine - Market System Development

Activity identifier

The contribution is a Market System Development programme that aims to strengthen marginalised people's role mainly within the agricultural sector and to develop a more enabling private sector environment.

Expected results

Increase the resilience and income of women and men engaged in small-scale agriculture in vulnerable communities through improved agricultural and market systems in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip.


During the first year of implementation, Oxfam and its partners invested most of the time in further analysing the selected value chains (VCs), in conducting field visits to meet different market actors, and in developing intervention strategies (change models) within the different VCs. Oxfam signed letters of agreement with the five value chain partners covering salaries and administrative budget only. The agreements deliberately did not incorporate any activity budgets to ensure that partners first develop their intervention strategies rather than directly begin implementation. During October 2016, Oxfam conducted orientation workshops with partners in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to introduce them to the Market Systems Development approach. Recruitment of all staff partners was finalized in December 2016. A workshop on Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) was also held in December 2016 with the aim of developing the programme’s MEAL framework (indicators). Considerable time was also given in developing the baseline study which was finalized towards the end of the reporting period. As such, real implementation on ground started after the reporting period ending March 31, 2017. Seven intervention strategies (change models) were developed across 5 VCs (baby cucumber, seedless grapes, industrial potatoes, olives and olive oil, sheep and goat milk) and 3 business ideas were developed across the food processing VC focusing on women. These were designed to increase production, enhance quality and improve profitability in the selected VCs. This will be achieved by improving the access of small scale producers (SSPs) to key services such as agricultural inputs, extension services, demonstration sites, and access to finance. The programme managed to facilitate connections and linkages between SSPs, input suppliers, and marketing companies in the targeted areas and VCs. Linkages and agreements were also made with the private sector (private sector companies) to invest in the business models and support the enterprises/farmers in storing, marketing or exporting their products. Oxfam signed an agreement with Paltrade to implement a large scale ‘Buy Local Campaign’ in the West Bank. The aim of the campaign is to raise the awareness of the Palestinian consumers about the Palestinian fresh produced and processed food and increase local demand. Regarding policy work, a coordination workshop was held in December 2016 to present Oxfam’s influencing strategy and policy interventions under the programme to a number of key stakeholders including the Spanish Cooperation, FAO, the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), Netherlands Representative Office (NRO), and the European Union. Based on the national and international influencing priorities, participants provided their input and feedback especially around the need to have more operational level coordination platforms (i.e. interest working group) that includes the Ministry of Agriculture in its membership. Oxfam signed an agreement in March 2017 with the Palestinian Farmers Union (PFU) who is responsible for the national policy and influencing work. PFU will contract an external consultant to conduct a technical study with regards to the tax refund for the livestock producers. The study will provide documentation and evidence based data to the importance of activating the tax refund system. Regarding capacity building of partners, staff of the partner organizations participated in market system development workshops and discussions to enhance their skills and knowledge in designing and implementing market based intervention strategies. Oxfam contracted an external consultant who supported the five partner organizations in developing the intervention strategies and in integrating market development approaches.



Granting agency
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Implementing organisation
OXFAM International
Aid type
C01 - Project-type interventions
Palestine 2015-2019


Palestinian Territory, Occupied


Business and other services
Business policy and administration


Activity length
2015 – 2020

Financial information

Paid per year (net value)
2015 USD 711 803
2016 USD 1 636 183
2017 USD 3 322 803
Total paid amount (net value)
USD 5 670 789
Total committed amount


DisbursementThe amount placed at the disposal of a recipient country or agency.
Type Description Receiver Org Transaction ID Date Value
Commitment---2015-11-01USD 10 795 677
USD 711 803
USD 1 636 183
USD 3 322 803

This post shows the annual total amount of disbursements for this particular activity. For the current year, the figure reflects the total amount of disbursements up until the date of the latest data update. The date of the latest data update is available on Openaids startpage.




Pre- and post-project impact appraisal

Results, outcomes and outputs

Focus areas (policy markers)

Marker Principal objective Significant objective Not targeted
Gender Equality
Aid to Environment
Participatory Development/Good Governance
Trade Development
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification
Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH)


Activity data from IATI