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The Palestinian Agricultural Development Association (PARC), a longstanding Oxfam partner, was instrumental in developing the Union of Cooperative Associations for Saving and Credit (UCASC) in the OPT. UCASC has helped to promote women’s economic empowerment, increasing income opportunities for youth and women and supporting social enterprises. This developed from a pilot Cooperative Association for Saving and Credit (CASC) initiative, which began in 1999, and was formally established and registered with the Palestinian Ministry of Labour in 2005, with the aim of providing a legal umbrella for registered CASCs.

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