The research was based on 22 interviews conducted with 30 key informants, including: heads and
members of local councils and CBOs in the six target locations, practitioners working for
international organisations implementing programmes in the Seam Zones, relevant Palestinian
Authority (PA) officials from the ministries of labour, higher education, agriculture and national
economy and private sector companies (see Annex 6.5 in the full report – Responses from the
Focus group discussions were held with nine key groups of stakeholders: six were held with young
women in the target locations, and two were held with young men in both Qibya and El Zawiyeh.
One focus group was held with parents and family members of young women in Deir Ballout.
Alternatively, the researchers documented feedback from parents who participated with their
daughters in the focus groups held in El Zawiyeh and Rafat as well as the parents who were
interviewed in the CBOs in Qibya and Deir Ballout.
Qualitative fieldwork began with a literature review of key project documentation at the start of the
consultancy including the relevant project-related documentation. The research team also had
access to a number of background documents including research on women's empowerment and
economic situation, Seam Zone related research, research on youth unemployment, related
policies, and economic participation, education and human rights reports, ministries' five-year
plans and strategies, PCBS publications and statistics, labour market trends and labour related
studies, various UN and World Bank reports, in addition to Riyada previous research and studies.
An extensive literature review is included in Annex 6.1 of the full report.