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1 Lessons in Economic Development from Israel and Palestine David Freud Director, The Portland Trust TBN, 15 May 2009

2 The Portland Trust Aim to promote peace and stability between Israelis and Palestinians through economic development. Founded in 2003 by Sir Ronald Cohen and Sir Harry Solomon. We are a private not-for-profit British foundation. Offices in London, Ramallah and Tel Aviv.

3 THE ECONOMIC BACKDROP

4 Loan Guarantees Israel $1/2m Guarantee in Galilee To close market failure gap Default Rate only 1% Palestine US: $10m capital from OPIC supports $160m of guarantees Europe: €38m from EC and EIB supports €38m of guarantees

5 Tackling Exclusion Israel Tsofen: Internal offshoring; Centre in Nazareth to employ Arab high-tech Keren Orr: Venture Capital in poorer communities (cf Bridges in UK) Palestine Microfinance: Bottom up Business training: Budding Entrepreneurs Export Support: Business Leg-up (you don’t know what you don’t know)

6 Regional Infrastructure Trunk Council RITC Board CEO/ Management Staff Palestinian Liaison Committee Egyptian Liaison Committee Israeli Liaison Committee Jordanian Liaison Committee Donor Liaison Committee Sponsors Specialists / Experts

7 AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAMME 15,000 affordable housing units by 2013 $1bn investment programme $150 million from donors to fund infrastructure and public facilities LEVERAGING IN –$100 million for value of land –$100 million – 10% deposits by home owners –$650 million – 15 year fixed mortgages

8 Rawabi

9 Leveraging Grant: 15%

10 Two Models Aid Government Corruption Low Growth Autocracy Aid + FDI Private Sector Economic Growth Democracy

11 The Portland Trust 42 Portland Place London W1B 1NB Azrieli Menachem Begin Road Tel Aviv P.O. Box Al Bireh 4102 Ramallah Al Masyoun Website:


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