Palestinian Tech Ecosystem

This first in a series of “Thinking Portland” policy briefs provides a digestible snapshot of what the Palestinian tech ecosystem looks like today, from its initiation through its movement up the value chain, to become a significant driver of the economy. The Thinking Portland covers obstacles and opportunities, access to markets, talent and capital, policy, […]

Political Risk Insurance

The second instalment in our “Thinking Portland” series examines the options for political risk insurance available to businesses and organisations operating in Palestine. Formulated in close consultation with insurance industry insiders, this breifing surveys the challenges to traditional PRI cover in the region and provides an overview of some of the non-traditional alternatives on the […]

Monetary Reform

This paper “A Currency Board for Palestine” by Åke Lönnberg, IMF Consulting Expert, was prepared for a Portland symposium with Palestinian and international monetary policy experts. It explores the feasibility and implications of establishing various alternative frameworks for Palestine, including in particular a currency board, which emerges as a strong option for medium-term monetary stability […]

Beyond Dev

Beyond Development is a postgraduate training and reskilling programme to place highly-talented non-STEM Arab university graduates into the well-paid tech sector, with support through their initial employment. The programme is informed by changing industry needs, and is designed to be fully funded by employers, in keeping with Portland’s established self-sustaining model. Established with Young Business […]


Plugging Female Bedouin Talent into Israel’s Tech Ecosystem Active since 2022, Samana was established to provide university-educated women from Bedouin communities in northern Israel with the opportunity to join the tech workforce. The focal point of the project is a tech hub which has been specially constructed in the village of Zarzir, near Nazareth. In this […]

Blueprint for Palestine

Building on Beyond Aid , Portland is working intensively on supporting the Palestinian private sector in developing a renewed, step-change economic strategy for the future, with a series of feasible initiatives at its core. The first phase of the project is identifying tangible opportunities for economic development and a renewed approach to employment creation and […]

UK Palestinian Tech Hub

Formed by the British Consulate General in Jerusalem, the UK Palestinian Tech Hub is an initiative to create and enhance strong and sustainable business links and capital flows between the Palestinian tech sector and its UK/global equivalents, enabling Palestinian tech founders and entrepreneurs to draw on international industry experience and best practices. Through exposure to […]