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, […]

Global Palestine, Connected Gaza

Gaza

This is a vision of what Gaza can be, short, medium and long-term, built by a core group of Palestine’s leading private sector leaders, expertly crafted by AECOM, one of the world’s largest infrastructure consulting firms. Connected Gaza presents key findings, technical recommendations and proposals, working objectively through some of the Gaza’s complex challenges to create a […]

Beyond Aid

This seminal private sector initiative for investment, growth and employment provides a robust economic roadmap of which sectors and clusters are most likely to create long-term value for the Palestinian economy. It was put together by international experts, with contributions from over 250 Palestinian stakeholders. The five sectors with the most economic potential identified were agriculture, information technology […]

Investing for Peace: The Private Sector and Challenge of Peacebuilding

Portland partnered with the International Institute for Strategic Studies on ‘Economics and Conflict Resolution, including publication of “Investing for Peace: The Private Sector and the Challenges of Peacebuilding” and the subsequent ‘Ending Wars, Consolidating Peace: Economic Perspectives’, published by Adelphi.

Beyond Conflict

This early Portland report examines the economic underpinnings of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. In particular, it focuses on the pivotal role the Palestinian private sector can play in generating growth, sustainable employment levels and better living standards, estimating the quantifiable impact of peace on different aspects of the economy and for the Palestinian […]

Financing Palestinian SMEs

This report, prepared by the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute, examines the needs and supply of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) for credit, and how they are affected by a loan guarantee scheme which reduces the onerous collateral requirements restricting their growth. The analysis examines both the demand for, and expected supply of, credit over […]

Economics and Peacemaking: Northern Ireland

This study examines the economic dimension of the peace process in Northern Ireland. The main finding of the report is that economic disparity was a principal aggravating factor, e.g. in 1985, Catholic unemployment was 14% higher than Protestant unemployment and violence was high. By 2004 the gap had fallen to 3.5% and violence was low. […]

Economics & Peacemaking: Bosnia and Herzegovina

This study reviews the important economic lessons of post-conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina, in particular examining the impact of the political settlement on the post-conflict economy and the hurdles posed by a fragmented and ethnically divided state, the efficacy of the international recovery and reform programme, the consequences of a weak investment and trade strategy and […]

Palestinian Exports: Best Practice

This report, based on a survey carried out by Portland, the Palestinian Federation of Industries and Paltrade, identifies three areas Palestinian companies could best enhance to help reach their full export potential: planning, R&D and marketing. It analyses the export viability of leading export companies across the West Bank, highlighting those with strong management structures, […]

The Role of Business in Peacemaking

This paper, examining lessons from Cyprus, Northern Ireland, South Africa and the South Caucasus, focuses on different peacemaking approaches and specific activities that the business community undertook in each context. It considers what drove business to act and assesses what worked well and where lessons can be learnt for policymakers using economics in peacemaking, part of Portland’s […]