Ramallah’s Resilience Journey

The city of Ramallah released its Resilience Strategy on November 1, 2017. Explore the strategy here.

Ramallah’s Resilience Story

Perched some 880m above sea level, Ramallah means God’s Hills in Arabic. It is a fitting name for the city that became the administrative centre for the Government of the State of Palestine, the Palestine National Authority (PNA), which was established in 1994. Ramallah is relatively small area (21 Square Kms) with a population estimated at 80,000. The city is surrounded by 80 localities (towns and villages).

Located approximately 16km north of Jerusalem in the West Bank, Ramallah was originally established in the mid-1500s by the Haddadin family as a Christian enclave. It grew throughout the 17th and 18th centuries as a predominantly agricultural village, and by the mid-1800s, missionary groups built different schools and churches. More people moved to the newly incorporated city in the early 1900s, attracted by high living standards that resulted from developing trade routes with the USA. Since then, our prosperity, continuity and identity have been tested through separate periods of occupation and mass immigration. Today, the West Bank remains under Israeli occupation, meaning we lack control over Palestinian resources that are crucial for our resilience, including mobility, land and water.

Despite Israeli occupation in 1967, Ramallah is proud, growing and cosmopolitan city. As the seat of the Government of the State of Palestine, our city is a base for many major organisations, including NGOs and banks.  It is also home to a burgeoning arts and cultural scene. We are a city that embraces diversity, free exchange of ideas, creativity, and respects the human and cultural rights of its residents and visitors.

Ramallah also has an increasingly international outlook. Not only are we proud to be part of the 100 Resilient Cities network, but we also have formal connections with  31 cities from all over the globe, such as Toulouse in France, Hounslow in England, Buenos Aries in Argentina, and Johannesburg in South Africa. Through these connections we seek to represent the voice of our city, share knowledge and help implement best practice initiatives for our citizens.

  • Inadequate Sanitation Systems
  • Political Instability
  • Traffic Congestion
  • Water Insecurity

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

Ramallah's CRO

Ahmed Abu-Laban is Ramallah City Director since 2006. Starting 2018, Ahmed has held the role of Executive CRO to lead implementation of Ramallah’s first ever Resilience Strategy, which was released on November 2017.

Ahmed came to Ramallah Municipality with a strong administrative background.  He cultivated a unique set of skills as the Executive Director for the First Ramallah Group  before joining Ramallah Municipality team in 1999 as the Administrative Director.

Ahmed holds a bachelors degree in business administration from Birzeit University.  He was a fellow in the Humphrey International Fellowship program at the Humphrey school of Public Administration at the University of Minnesota in 2004-2005.  This prestigious program is built to accommodate mid career professionals obtain further training  and academic work in public administration.

Ahmed has extensive experience in local governance. He has a serious commitment to continued personal and professional development by attending and participating in local, regional and international workshops and conferences.  He also has a long history with volunteer work and social activism through his membership with the Ramallah First Group Scouts.  This unique and diverse background adds great  value to his management style and makes him a well rounded city director who is intimately involved in all daily municipality operations from strategic planning for a more prosperous metropolitan Ramallah to the intricate details of solid waste management and street rehabilitation projects.

Snapshot of Ramallah

  • 80,000


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