In Palestine, the unemployment rate of persons with disabilities has risen to 87%. “Let’s start up!” funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and implemented by Educaid, promotes the creation of social enterprises that foster the inclusion of women with disabilities and mothers of persons with disabilities in Palestine.
The project activities include the promotion of self-employment for women with disabilities through the creation of startups and social enterprises incubators. Awareness raising activities, mainly addressing the private sector, are also carried out.
We can’t operate in the social enterprise sector in Palestine without having first a clear picture of its features and of the opportunities for social enterprises to rise and develop.
That was the origin of the study on social enterprises in Palestine we conducted together with the local universities, Birzeit University and An-Najah University. In addition to that, the research served as a baseline for the measurement of success of the project initiatives.
For this in-depth study on social enterprises, we adopted a mixed-method approach, involving both qualitative and quantitative tools: questionnaires and semi-structured interviews were designed and case studies selected in close collaboration with the local universities.