Middle East and Northern Africa

West Bank / Gaza 2019

Advancing Social Accountability

Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution


To promote national government accountability through youth participation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The grantee will strengthen youth engagement on advancing social accountability and democratic reform through mentoring three youth watchdog teams and assessing the performance of the Ministry of Social Development in the three governorates of Gaza, Nablus, and Hebron.

Building Association Capacity to Advance the Interests of Palestinian Businesswomen

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)


To strengthen business associations as member-ship driven organizations. The organization will build Asala’s capacity to advocate effectively for women-led micro-enterprises. The program will promote business association best practices within the partner association, improve key member services, and advance innovative sustainability elements that deliver financial and organizational independence. Analysis of priority issues and a related advocacy campaign by the local partner will enhance the association’s representational function on behalf of women micro-entrepreneurs.

Civic Engagement and Accountability in Gaza

Civitas Institute


To engage youth in Gaza in civic action, oversight, and interaction with national representatives on accountability and anti-corruption measures. The organization will lead four-day capacity-building courses on anti-corruption mechanisms, and support trainees to develop social audit reports, conduct a \seminar and awareness sessions for grassroots activists, and produce video clips that highlight the reports’ findings.

Expanding Democracy and a Civic Culture through Education

Human Rights and Democracy Media Center (Shams)


To promote democratic and human rights values and norms within Sharia colleges in the West Bank. The grantee will conduct a series of workshops on tolerance and citizenship at five Sharia universities, lead two capacity-building workshops for Sharia teachers and students, mentor and remotely assist the trained teachers as they lead subsequent classroom lectures to continue and deepen those discussions, and continue to advocate for amending curriculum to include democratic values.

Female Journalists Club



To strengthen the role of female journalists in Palestinian media and public life. The grantee will lead dialogue sessions with stakeholders on relevant political and social issues, conduct workshops on media skills and journalist security, and support stories developed and produced by its members.

Holding Public Officials Accountable

Safad Advertising Company (Wattan TV)


To promote government accountability to the media and its viewing audience. The grantee will produce and broadcast 24 episodes of a hard-hitting television program. The 50-minute recorded program, which will start its ninth season, addresses accountability of the Palestinian Authority in ministries and municipalities, as well as civil society representatives and decision-makers in political, economic, and social realms.

Promoting Democratic Elections

The Arab World Democracy and Electoral Monitor


To strengthen government representation of and response to citizens’ needs and priorities in the West Bank through elections and electoral reform at the national and local levels. The grantee will run a concerted advocacy campaign with national and regional workshops, international case study workshops, and election issue workshops.

Promoting Rights-focused Leadership in Gaza

Al-Dameer Association for Human Rights


To promote a rights-based culture of youth leadership in the Gaza Strip. The organization will lead two-day workshops on human rights for university students, and mentor its youth group. For this group, the organization will conduct advanced human rights and advocacy trainings and support members as they lead youth initiatives for their communities.

Promoting Youth Leadership through Debates

The General Union of Cultural Centers


To promote the role of youth in civic and public life as part of Palestinian reform efforts. The organization will work with its established 40-member Leadership Youth Committee for youth inclusion in Palestinian reform initiatives. The group will lead a training course on debating, and mentor members as they organize local debates among youth, including a final debate in Gaza City.

Strengthening Youth Engagement in Civic and Political Processes

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)


To enhance young Palestinians knowledge of, and participation in, political and civic processes, the institute will continue to build on its Ana Usharek (I Participate) civic education program on four university campuses in the West Bank. Furthermore, the institute will continue to provide technical and financial support to two local civil society organizations — Al Qamar Charitable Organization and the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement — that work to engage youth volunteers in carrying out local advocacy campaigns and community activities aimed at strengthening municipal accountability.

Youth Political Club

PalThink for Strategic Studies


To strengthen democratic values and understanding within youth leadership in the Gaza Strip. The organization will lead a seminar and training series for a cohort of intellectually-driven young men and women. It will then mentor them as they identify, develop and conduct community initiatives reflective of this training.

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