Research & Studies
1-Sectoral Analysis Study for Economic Sectors in the Gaza Strip
Funded by: UNDP
The study aims to assess and analyze the sectors performance in the Gaza Strip over the last years. This will help policy makers, and interested stakeholders (business associations, donors, international organizations, consulting companies, NGOs, etc.) operating in the field of the economic development to better understand the main economic sectors performance, and to develop proper strategies accordingly. The main goal of the project is to provide a depth insight on sectors growth and contribution to the whole economy, and to come up with development suggestions and dynamic actions to overcome the challenges face the sectors over the coming years
Target Region: Gaza Strip
- Conduct a review assessment of the current conduction and future prospects of a given sectors performance for the economy.
- Identify constrains, development needs, investment opportunities of each sector
- Set priorities development plans for sectors including targets, product development and market strategies ( both managerial and technical skills)
- Identify factors which improve profitability of the selected sectors and attract investment
- Identify roles of different stakeholders ( government, private sector organizations, donors, and companies operating in each sectors)
- Desk research aims at reviewing relevant data and published materials on the Palestinian economy in the Gaza Strip in general and on sectors analysis in particular.
- Field research including survey of 400 existing businesses, and 25 BDS providers to get information and indicators about their performance and market challenges.
- Series of site visits to representative sectors with a view to assessing the sectors in the Gaza Strip, and proposed development actions
- Structured and semi structured Interviews with experts, governmental agencies, donors representatives.
- Focus groups with business owners from the promising sectors.
- Data analysis and discussion
- Study Documentation
- Follow up activities: The centre aims to conduct workshops and meetings with key stakeholders to discuss the study results and see how it could affect the future investment decisions.
2- Gap Assessment for the Business Development Services in Gaza strip.
SEC has conducted a study aiming at assessing the gaps in the business services provided by the consultancy and business support firms to business enterprises in the three sectors of interest. The study was based on field survey distributed among business owners as well as BDS providers. Focus groups, experts interviews, and published reports were also used to provide an in-depth analysis for the survey findings. A group of recommendations and areas of interventions to upgrade the level of business support services in Gaza was concluded.
3-Business Case (Diagnosis Aiding Tool Application DATA)
In the light of the identified gaps in the BDS market, SEC has developed a Diagnosis Aiding Tool Application (DATA) which contribute in facilitating the work of BDS providers to better understand the business situation and provide the necessary interventions, and recommendations. The ultimate objective of this tool is to participate in promoting better BDS market through designing an aiding tool which helps in facilitating the business diagnosis process.
4- Assessing the Gaps in the services provided by the sectors representatives to the registered members.
SEC is currently working on an assessment study aiming to assess the extent to which the members services, provided by sectors representatives (in our case PITA and PFIU), meet the members expectations. Field survey, structured interviews and gap analysis tools will be used.