Not only is infrastructure development in the West Bank being performed in a constantly evolving, highly politicized environment, but since assuming limited self-rule over portions of the West Bank and Gaza in 1993, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has struggled to allocate sufficient resources to fully support the maintenance of existing infrastructure. Transportation, water and other infrastructure in the West Bank and Gaza have suffered badly from neglect, lack of investment and the direct impacts of conflict. This is leading to the gradual deterioration of even the most basic infrastructure needed for delivery of many basic human services, such as health care, education, water supply, sanitation, electricity, and transportation.
USAID is working to overcome the many challenges that Palestinians face every day. Since 1994, USAID has provided $2.9 billion worth of assistance to Palestinians of which approximately $670 million has been used for infrastructure projects. Over the past several years, USAID has devoted more than half of its funds to supporting the development of infrastructure, particularly in the water sector. USAID’s strategy, aimed directly at one of the greatest needs in this arid region, has been to increase water supplies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Mission has financed large-scale water, roads, schools and other infrastructures as well as smaller, village-scale projects throughout the West Bank and Gaza. This has provided potable water to more than 1,000,000 Palestinian beneficiaries.
USAID is an essential element of the U.S. Government's support for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. The Infrastructure Needs Program II is the latest evidence of American commitment to the Palestinian people
The purpose of this Indefinite Quantity Contract is to obtain the services of multiple US Construction contractors to implement Task Orders for the construction, rehabilitation and/or improvement of infrastructure works throughout the West Bank and, if conditions permit, Gaza, that USAID may specify and describe. The scope of work may in general terms include, but not be limited to, the following: