West Bank and Gaza Strip

AFKAR Organization for Educational and Cultural Development
Civic Education
$30,200
Palestinian Debate Forum Competition
To strengthen Palestinian youths’ ability to think about and speak critically on political issues that affect them. AFKAR will lead the Palestinian Debate Forum Competition in six public secondary schools in the Nablus region.  It will hold a two-day training course for 16 regional supervisors, as well as two two-day training courses for six school coordinators, two one-day workshops for 12 students, and six debate competitions that will address pertinent social and civic topics that affect youth and will be judged by recognized community leaders.

Al Maqdese for Society Development
Freedom of Association
$33,400
Protecting Workers' Rights
To raise awareness of workers’ legal rights. Al-Maqdese will lead 14 rights awareness sessions for 350 Palestinian workers in East Jerusalem. Its Legal Aid Clinic staff will also lead three three-day introductory training courses for 60 lawyers on defending workers’ legal rights. 

Al-Dameer Association for Human Rights
Human Rights
$32,000
Promoting Human Rights in Gaza
To promote a human rights culture in the Gaza Strip. Al-Dameer will lead five 30-hour courses on human rights standards and application for 150 social and political activists from Gazan universities. Once trained, a minimum of 30 trainees will join Friends of al-Dameer, its 120-member youth group affiliate that constitutes a permanent presence at local universities, and will hold a minimum of 10 public meetings to enhance and provide direct youth feedback into the association’s work. 

Civitas Institute
Accountability
$36,700
Youth Civic Participation
To engage youth in civic action, oversight, and interaction with elected local representatives. Civitas will train 30 youth who will comprise three youth councils in Deir al-Balah, Bureij, and Bani Suhaila. These councils, along with four previously trained councils, will organize 90 awareness sessions on citizens’ duties and responsibilities, public finance, municipalities’ roles and services, and the relationship between citizens and their local representatives; and host seven public events and 14 hearings that draw attention to citizen needs at the local level. 

Community Media Center
Freedom of Information
$29,100
Mobilizing Public Engagement on Rights-based Issues 
To engage youth in mobilizing their communities to advocate for rights-based services and living conditions in Gaza. CMC will lead 70 hours of training covering human rights, civic and political  freedoms, international conventions, violence and domestic violence, and freedom of expression and media, as well as skills in using social media to formulate media messages, produce print media pieces, and make short audio-visual materials. CMC will then supervise the participants as they produce a minimum of 120 articles and audio-visual recordings that promote rights-based services and improvement of living conditions.

Filastiniyat
Freedom of Information
$49,700
Female Journalists Club
To strengthen the role of female journalists in Palestinian media and public life. Filastiniyat will build the capacity of emerging female journalists and support the Female Journalists Club, as it works to influence policies that affect press freedoms and freedom of speech. Filastiniyat will lead two five-day trainings on audio-visual production and two two-day trainings on writing skills in the West Bank and Gaza, as well as a minimum of five advocacy meetings on press freedom. 

Human Rights and Democracy Media Center (SHAMS)
Democratic Ideas and Values
$29,900
Expanding Democracy and a Civic Culture
To promote democratic and human rights values and norms among shari’a law students in the West Bank. SHAMS will lead 10 half-day workshops on political systems, theories of transition to democracy, citizenship in a democratic system, aspects of democracy, liberal democracy, and education on democracy and human rights from within the community for 150 students, conduct two three-day capacity-building courses, and hold one roundtable with students to discuss civil and religious states. 

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
Accountability
$325,000
Civic Participation in Municipal Government
To support civil society organizations in building relationships with their elected officials. NDI will provide technical assistance to local NGOs as they engage their municipal councils, advocate for transparency, and aim to influence decision making and priority-setting at the local level.

Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution
Conflict Resolution
$58,300
Together for National Reconciliation
To fortify the principle of reconciliation among various sectors of the Palestinian population within the West Bank and Gaza Strip. PCDCR will support four teams comprising the Civil Society Alliance for Social Peace, which will lead 60 sessions on conflict management and mitigation in secondary schools, and conduct nine roundtables on social peace.

Safad Advertising Company (Wattan TV)
Accountability
$48,000
Holding Public Officials Accountable
To promote government accountability from the media and its viewing audience. Wattan TV will produce and broadcast 24 episodes of a hard-talk television program, Sa’et Ramel. The 55-minute,  recorded program will address accountability in ministries and municipalities, as well as civil society officials and decision-makers in political, economic and social realms. 

Solidarity Center
Freedom of Association
$468,850
Union Building for a Democratic Future 
To support the development of an independent, democratic Palestinian trade union movement to serve as a unified voice in civil society, promoting worker rights and sustainable economic development.  Solidarity Center will strengthen the capacity of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions to organize Palestinian workers and improve the its representation of its membership and of Palestinian workers generally.

The Arab World Democracy and Electoral Monitor (MARSAD)
Accountability
$35,700
Towards Representative Government
To strengthen government representation of and response to citizens’ needs and priorities in the West Bank, with a particular focus on upcoming elections. MARSAD will lead a national committee to develop a draft law on the Central Election Commission. It will also hold five roundtables to solicit feedback on the draft, two seminars to provide academic and legal review, host three town hall meetings to brief the public, and a national conference to press for its recommendations to be adopted. MARSAD will also raise public awareness of these efforts through 30 radio spots and a television episode. 

The General Union of Cultural Centers-Gaza
Accountability
$35,000
Promoting Youth Civic Participation in the Gaza Strip
To promote youth inclusion in Palestinian reform through engagement in and oversight of national policies. GUCC will work with its 41-member Leadership Youth Committee (LYC) to sustain pressure for youth inclusion in Palestinian reform. GUCC will lead a three-day course for LYC members who will in-turn lead 100 half-day awareness workshops. GUCC and LYC will then lead a one-day conference to draw attention to youth demands for greater tolerance.

Grant descriptions are from the 2013 NED Annual Report.