President Obama has made clear the commitment of the United States to actively pursue peace and security in Israel and the Middle East. The United States strongly supports the goal of two states, Israel and a Palestinian state, living side by side. To support this goal, President Obama has requested additional funding be made available for development within the West Bank and Gaza, which will help to build a solid foundation for a future Palestinian state. International Relief and Development (IRD), a leading development organization specializing in conflict and post-conflict environments, has been awarded nearly $30 million to build new roads and rehabilitate existing roads in and around 16 cities of the West Bank.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Infrastructure Needs Program (INP) – Roads Rehabilitation Program will focus on over 110 kilometers, or 68 miles, of roads in the Jenin, Tubas, and Hebron Districts of the West Bank. IRD will manage excavation and construction of the roads, construction of retaining walls, medians and sidewalks, installation or rehabilitation of water drainage systems, and the addition of road safety features such as signage, road markings, and guardrails. In all of its efforts, IRD will work closely with the appropriate government officials and local communities.

Infrastructure is at the core of any long-term development solution, and IRD has been active in West Bank infrastructure programs since 2008. IRD’s other West Bank programs total more than $100 million in USAID funding for building and rehabilitating more than 100 kilometers (62 miles) of roads; constructing three new schools; installing a new water system, including the pump station, reservoir and pipeline to deliver the clean water; drilling 5 deep water wells; and procuring over 200 kilometers (124 miles) of water pipes from the US to be used throughout the West Bank on a future water distribution system project. These projects are being constructed in partnership with local organizations and have already begun to improve the quality of life for local residents.

“The aspirations of the Palestinian people, as well as the stability and security of the region, rest on sustainable development,” said Arthur B. Keys, Jr., President and CEO of IRD. “The completion of basic infrastructure projects has contributed to and will continue to help drive economic growth in the West Bank.”
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