West Bank and Gaza Strip
AFKAR Organization for Educational and Cultural Development
To strengthen the ability of Palestinian youth to think about and speak critically on political issues. AFKAR will lead the Palestinian Debate Forum Competition in eight public secondary schools in the Bethlehem and Jericho regions. It will conduct four one-day workshops for 48 students, organize a four-day training course for 10 teachers and supervisors, and conduct four debate competitions, where the students will practice their skills by debating current topics before recognized community leaders
Al Maqdese for Society Development
To raise legal awareness of workers' rights among workers. Al-Maqdese will lead 12 legal rights awareness sessions for 300 Palestinian workers in East Jerusalem and conduct three three-day introductory training courses for 60 attorneys on defending workers’ legal rights. It will complement these by producing 12 two-page monthly newsletters that cover updates on laws and newly amended regulations, and update and distribute 2,000 copies of its Know Your Rights labor information booklet.
Al-Dameer Association for Human Rights
To promote a human rights culture in the Gaza Strip. Al-Dameer will lead five 30-hour courses on human rights standards and their application to university students, mentor its 40-member youth affiliate, and establish a human rights library at a local university.
American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To strengthen the capacity of the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) to educate, organize and represent Palestinian workers, at the district, national, and sector union levels. The Solidarity Center will focus on improving the PGFTU's representation of workers; supporting organizing efforts at the national, local, and sector levels; and assisting the PGFTU in developing more effective campaigns to advocate for and defend the rights of workers.
Center for International Private Enterprise
To foster more comprehensive implementation of corporate governance principles among Palestinian companies and to build the organizational capacity and governance of the Palestine Governance Institute (PGI) to respond effectively to local corporate governance needs. CIPE will assist PGI in conducting activities to promote good corporate and democratic governance in the Palestinian private sector and provide technical assistance to facilitate the Institute's organizational development.
To strengthen citizen oversight of and interaction with elected local representatives. Civitas will organize 90 awareness sessions that focus on the role of citizens and their duties and responsibilities, the use of public funds, municipalities' roles and services, and the relationship between citizens and their local representatives. Civitas will also recruit and train four youth councils to host four public events and eight hearings in Jabalia, Beit Lahia, Khan Younis and Rafah.
Community Media Center
To engage youth in promoting better services and living conditions in Gaza. CMC will train and mentor a group of 40 young civic and political leaders in Gaza on principles of media and freedom of expression. CMC will mentor and supervise a minimum of 15 graduated trainees as they produce three television features and 10 radio episodes, lead 10 workshops, and deliver 20 field visits.
To strengthen the role of female journalists in Palestinian media and public life. Filastiniyat and its Female Journalists Club will lead four four-day trainings on research and analysis for journalistic reporting, and investigative journalism from the female perspective for 60 emerging female journalists, and work to influence policymakers and decision makers on issues of press freedom and freedom of speech in six advocacy meetings with journalists’ groups, human rights and women’s organizations, the press syndicate, and political parties.
Holy Land Trust
To promote women’s leadership in the West Bank. Holy Land Trust will introduce its program on deepening leaders’ impact on community-led efforts for positive social and political change to 300 mid-level women's activists and leaders. It will conduct a four-day training of trainers workshop for 20 coaches; lead 10 four-day trainings for women in Hebron, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Jerusalem and Nablus; and provide regular feedback to the women activists as they implement their community projects.
Human Rights and Democracy Media Center (Shams)
To promote democratic and human rights values and norms among shari'a law students in the West Bank. SHAMS will lead 10 one-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 students at five shari'a faculties. SHAMS will also conduct a four-day capacity building course to transfer skills to 20 of these students to lead similar workshops.
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
To help Palestinian leaders better understand and respond to citizens' concerns and identify issues that could affect the integrity of elections. This will include quantitative public opinion research, with a special focus on marginalized groups, such as women and youth; a series of consultations with party, civil society, and community leaders and activists; and a pre-election assessment.
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. PCDCR will support and train four teams comprising the Civil Society Alliance for Social Peace of community leaders. PCDCR will work through these teams to lead 10 roundtables, hold two youth leadership camps, conduct family visits, and launch a tolerance festival.
Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy, MIFTAH
To enhance youth engagement in the democratic political process in the West Bank. Miftah will conduct three three-day progressive monthly workshops for 20 student council members at Birzeit, Hebron, and al-Najah Universities. It will then work with the group as it develops and implements an action plan to transform conflict, which will be debated at a public event that gathers 50 youth, media representatives, and political figures.
Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies
To engage youth in advocacy of tolerance and pluralism. RCHRS will strengthen youth leadership in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in promoting tolerance and dialogue. The center will lead four 24-hour training courses on tolerance, each targeting 15 male and female university students; conduct four half-day advocacy sessions; conduct two visits to marginalized communities; and organize two one-day conferences.
Safad Advertising Company (Wattan TV)
To promote government accountability from the media and its viewing audience. Wattan TV will produce and broadcast 48 episodes of a hard talk television program, Sa'et Ramel. The program addresses accountability in ministries and municipalities, as well as civil society officials and decision makers in political, economic and social realms.
Ta'awon Conflict Resolution Institute
To promote good governance that is defined by peaceful and just conflict resolution. Ta’awon will work with secondary school students in the Nablus and Jenin governorates, leading 20 student workshops and 10 youth leader training courses; establishing 10 citizenship clubs; launching and maintaining an electronic forum; leading 10 workshops with parent associations, teachers and local community members; and producing a 10-minute short film.
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. MARSAD will lead a national committee for democratic elections to advocate for government’s adherence to an election timeline, provide technical input on election law revisions and a code of ethics for journalists covering elections, and promote public discussion of electoral nuances. It will develop four concept papers on elections, organize seven town hall-style public meetings, spearhead a petition drive, organize meetings with decision-makers, support 30 radio spots, and conduct a one-day national conference.
The General Union of Cultural Centers-Gaza
To promote youth inclusion in Palestinian reform through youth engagement and examination of national policies. GUCC and its 46-member Leadership Youth Committee (LYC) will lead 100 half-day awareness workshops to introduce 3,000 participants to the principles of tolerance and how to get involved with decision makers to advocate for tolerance. GUCC and LYC will then lead a one-day conference to present recommendations compiled from the awareness workshops to 180 decision makers, political party officials, and media representatives. GUCC and LYC will expand public dissemination of the recommendations through nine live radio episodes on Gaza FM radio, 1,000 posters, and a Facebook page.
Grant descriptions are from the 2012 NED Annual Report.