Middle East and Northern Africa

West Bank and Gaza Strip 2015


Advancing Social Peace

Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution


To fortify the principle of reconciliation among various sectors of the Palestinian population within the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR) will lead roundtables and town hall meetings on post-war reconstruction in Gaza and reforming governance structures, while also raising youth awareness of alternatives to violence. PCDCR will also hold four debate training courses for university students before holding a national debate competition.


Civic Education through Youth Self-development

Palestinian Institute for Supporting Students (ESNAD)


To inspire and engage youth in public life through self-development and promote enlightened views on Islam, pluralism, and civil rights among Palestinian youth. The group will lead two five-day training courses on self-development and civic engagement in local communities for 30 youth. It will then mentor 15 trainees as they lead follow-on activities at youth centers in the northern and central West Bank. Finally, the program will hold a competition and support five community initiatives designed by the youth to meet needs within their local communities.


Civic Engagement in Accountable Reconstruction in Gaza

Civitas Institute


To engage youth in civic action, oversight of public spending, and interaction with local representatives. Civitas will launch a broadly participatory campaign to reinforce citizens’ roles in Gaza’s reconstruction and form a civil society coalition to serve as a watchdog throughout the process. The program will also include three trainings for members of Civitas youth councils as they engage in oversight of their local councils.


Civic Participation in Municipal Government

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)


To enhance the relationship between citizens and their elected officials, promote greater citizen input into the political process, and encourage greater accountability of local government.  NDI will provide training and support to local Palestinian civil society organizations to strengthen their capacity to design and implement research-based advocacy campaigns that rely on advanced techniques such as monitoring a municipality’s budget cycle and developing well-researched policy solutions.


Expanding Democracy and a Civic Culture

Human Rights and Democracy Media Center (Shams)


To promote democratic and human rights values and norms among sharia law students in the West Bank. The program will include 10 workshops on basic democratic ideals for university students; a four-day training course enabling 20 sharia students to further disseminate the training materials to interested audiences; and three focus groups on extremism and tolerance for sharia faculty representatives, civil society leaders, media figures, and decision makers.


Female Journalists Club



To strengthen the role of female journalists in Palestinian media and public life. The organization will support its core group, the Female Journalists Club, to influence policies and actions that positively affect press freedoms and freedom of speech. The program will train 10 young journalists on radio report production, mentor 24 Club members in producing written pieces, and lead three advocacy meetings to advance the priorities of Club members.


Promoting Human Rights in Gaza

al-Dameer Association for Human Rights


To promote a human rights culture in the Gaza Strip. The organization will lead six 30-hour intensive courses on human rights standards and their application for 180 social and political activists from Gazan universities, pilot three one-day introductory workshops at youth clubs, expand membership of its youth group affiliate , and hold ten public meetings to solicit direct youth feedback on the association’s work.


Promoting Youth Civic Participation in the Gaza Strip

The General Union of Cultural Centers-Gaza


To promote and integrate societal reconciliation and tolerance, as part of ongoing Palestinian reform efforts. The organization will work with its established 39-member Leadership Youth Committee to sustain pressure for youth inclusion. The program will include a refresher training and mentoring for Committee members to conduct 37 half-day awareness workshops on the need for tolerance. Five district-level conferences will highlight youth demands for reconciliation and a one-day conference for 200 participants will draw attention to youth demands for greater tolerance.


Protecting Workers Rights

Al Maqdese for Society Development


To raise legal awareness of workers’ rights among workers. The organization will lead 14 legal rights awareness sessions for 350 Palestinian workers in East Jerusalem. Its legal aid clinic will also lead two three-day introductory training courses for 40 lawyers on defending workers legal rights, as well as a three-day advanced course for 20 previous trainees.


Strengthening National Institutions of Democratic Governance through Private Sector Engagement

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)


To assess the status of economic governance and to develop an economic governance reform agenda reflecting private sector priorities. The program will support the Palestine Governance Institute (PGI) to conduct assessments of Palestinian economic governance institutions, debate the results in workshops, develop a comprehensive Economic Governance Agenda for Palestine, convene a forum for stakeholders to discuss and debate the agenda, and conduct follow-on consultations.


Strengthening Youth’s Critical Debates

AFKAR Organization for Educational and Cultural Development


To strengthen the ability of Palestinian youth to think critically about and engage in informed debate on political and social issues. The program will launch a university debate competition for students at Birzeit and an-Najah Universities, lead two two-day training workshops for 24 students and 2 university coordinators, organize four coaching sessions for the teams, and host four university debates.


Towards Representative Government

The Arab World Democracy and Electoral Monitor


To strengthen government representation of and response to citizens’ needs and priorities in the West Bank, with a particular focus on upcoming elections. The organization will lead a national committee to advocate for adherence to the election timeline, conduct two training–of-trainers workshops on advocating electoral reforms, mentor the trainees as they conduct 10 workshops throughout the West Bank, and publish three editions of a newsletter on electoral developments.

From the 2015 NED Annual Report


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