Following the devastation of conflict, Portland worked with a very broad range of parties led by the Palestinian private sector to produce the strategic Masterplan that was  Global Gaza, Connected Palestine.  Portland worked with this group of leading Palestinian businesses to champion a comprehensive long term spatial vision for Gaza that sets out in detail 70 implementable projects with great catalytic potential to create effective change in the underlying economic condition. Businesses committed funding and formed a Coordinating Committee to oversee its development and implementation. 

As moves begin to take place to reconstruct Gaza, Portland is working to offer this strategic, economic-based blueprint for future growth to Gaza and the international community. Organisations such as the World Bank are using Portland’s work as a reference for more detailed plans, in that case under the Integrated Cities and Urban Development project.

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Gazans unemployed: one of the highest unemployment rates in the world