Contribution details

Strengthening civil society organizations towards poverty alleviation in the Gaza Strip

Activity start: 1/1/2015 - Activity end: 12/6/2017

Strategic Partner organisation Forum Syd
Swedish responsible organisation Islamic Relief Sverige
Local implementing organisation Islamic Relief Palestine
Region West Bank and Gaza Strip
Sida department Unit CSO
Strategy South
Sector group Democracy, human rights and gender equality
Sectors Democr. particip. & civ. society
  Budget Outcome
TOTAL 3,042,000 3,008,327
2015 2,001,000 2,001,000
2016 1,041,000 1,041,000
2017 0 -33,673

Description, goals and expected results

Islamic Relief Sweden will implement a project together with Islamic Relief Palestine during 2015-2016. The project contains an intensive capacity building program for local CSOs in the Gaza Strip comprising of ten courses for 250 staff members of 20 CSOs in the humanitarian and development field. The project will empower the participating LEO:s and increase their administrative and thematic capacity. The end goal is to strengthen civil society so that they are able to develop poverty alleviation strategies with improved effectiveness. The project will also include empowering 60 youth volunteers from the targeted CSOs via a 6-months internship program.

Results achived by the end of the activity period

Islamic Relief Sweden (SvEO) has together with Islamic Relief Palestine (LEO) trained 270 staff members from 20 civil society organizations (CSOs) in Gaza with skills and knowledge to play a more effective role in the design and implementation of humanitarian and development activities in order to have effective poverty alleviation strategies. The participating CSOs were from a range of sectors, including humanitarian aid relief, community development, women empowerment and rehabilitation of disabled people. The project took place between 2015-01-01 to 2016-12-31. 10 capacity building trainings were held and each participant attended training topics related to their area of work. The CSOs implemented the acquired knowledge and through developing strategic plans, code of conducts and emergency plans. An example of the results is that “the project contributed to empowering the CSOs and reinforced their attitudes towards the principals of international standards in humanitarian work.” The project supported the 20 CSOs with consultancy and coaching services from external specialists in developing and updating strategic plans and operational plans and incorporating poverty alleviation themes. Two strategic plans were newly developed and 18 already existing plans were updated. 70 youth volunteers participated in a 2 to 6 month internship within the targeted CSOs. Interns were nominated by CSOs and approved by LEO. 44 of 70 participated in the capacity building program which enabled them to apply acquired knowledge and skills into practice and share in producing poverty-alleviation strategies. Sources of verification included interim and final evaluation of the project, organizations’ capacity assessment pre- and post- project, financial reports, produced strategies, reports of coaching session from expert, strategic plan and dissemination workshops, internship contract and attendance sheets.