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Feasibility study : microwork for the Palestinian territories (English)

The purpose of this analytical study is to assess the feasibility of microwork for the Palestinian Territories' ('PT', or 'Territories') socioeconomic development in general, and for employment opportunities for youth and women in particular. The study provides recommendations for microwork industry development in PT with the objective of increasing microwork businesses and employment of youth and women in the short-term and building PT's comparative advantage in the microwork industry in the medium- to long-term. The path towards Palestinian statehood and economic development remains challenging for PT. It faces comprehensive restrictions on movement and access, and limited economic growth has led to increasing unemployment, particularly among youth and women. However the virtual economy could provide an option for mass job creation and income generation. Within the virtual economy microwork appears to be particularly relevant for PT, as it overcomes geographic boundaries to provide earning opportunities for workers with different types of skills and access to relatively basic digital infrastructure.


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    Paradi-Guilford, Cecilia

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    Other Financial Sector Study

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    West Bank and Gaza,

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    Middle East and North Africa,

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    Feasibility study : microwork for the Palestinian territories

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Paradi-Guilford, Cecilia

Feasibility study : microwork for the Palestinian territories (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.