Contribution details

Palestinian Identity through Civic Engagement 2014-2017

Activity start: 11/1/2013 - Activity end: 5/31/2018

Strategic Partner organisation Svenska Kyrkan (Church of Sweden)
Swedish responsible organisation Trossamfundet Svenska kyrkan
Local implementing organisation Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan & the Holy Land
Region West Bank and Gaza Strip
Sida department Unit CSO
Strategy South
Sector group Conflict peace and security
Sectors Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution
  Budget Outcome
TOTAL 1,875,000 1,875,000
2014 0 0
2015 625,000 625,000
2016 625,000 625,000
2017 625,000 625,000

Description, goals and expected results

Det övergripande målet med insatsen är att ge palestinska ungdomar en psykisk och fysisk tillflyktsort från det dagliga våldet under den militära ockupationen, samt att stärka den palestinska identiteten. Deltagande i föreningsliv har potential att stärka banden mellan medborgarna, bidra till social sammanhållning och överbrygga sociala klyftor som finns i det konfliktdrabbade området.

  1. Provide Palestinian youth with safe and educational recreational activities, enabling them to contribute to the social and physical health and wellbeing of their communities.
  2. Ameliorate the affects of living in a violent conflict area by providing productive outlets for frustration and peaceful spaces to play.
  3. Develop understanding of active citizenship and instill national pride, reconnecting the Palestinian identity to the land through education about environment, culture and history.
  4. Involve educators in outdoor, hands-on environmental education, raise awareness on children’s rights.
  5. Organize active learning activities, giving the participants opportunities for creative and critical thinking both in cooperative group work and individually.
  6. Build capacity of participants and promote leadership skills that will transform them into capable citizens who will have hope and work toward securing and protecting their rights.
  7. Create a lasting virtual platform that engages in themes of identity, civic responsibility and peace building. This will assure the themes and goals achieved during this project will be sustained and expanded on, as well as reach a broader audience.

Results achived by the end of the activity period

This project is part of the Church of Sweden country programme for Israel & Palestine 2014-2017. Towards the end of the programme period we have been able to verify the following examples of general or specific results:
-The rights of Palestinian farmers from the West bank have to some extent improved through CoS’s partner organization Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR). E.g. in Yatta, RHR brought farmers rights to access their lands into court, and coordinated with the army in order to prevent the army from blocking the farmer’s access, resulting in a legal ruling enshrining the right of the farmers to access their lands twice a week. The improvement is however fragile-court rulings are often ignored by the army.
-Organized interreligious dialogue and education has to some extent increased the understanding of other religions and other people.
-Organized environmental education and promotion of young people organizing themselves has increased the respect for, and the understanding of, the significance of land for all people during conflicts.
-During 2016, norms and traditions regarding women’s rights have been challenged through the work of CoS’s partner organization.
-Increased knowledge in the European Parliament regarding the situation in the Israel-Palestine region, especially regarding demolitions in Area C.
-Increased knowledge among CoS and partner organizations regarding the issue of shrinking space for civil society in both Israel and Palestine.
-CoS emphasized the necessity of an evaluation of their partner organization DSPR during DSPR’s Round Table meeting in Amman 2015. The evaluation, which at the meeting was decided to be carried out in 2016, aims to further develop DSPR as a civil society organization with a clear right based approach focus. As a result of CoS’s participation in the meeting an open dialogue between DSPR and CoS could be held.