Contribution details

WATC Economic Empowerment for Political Action - Phase III 2016-2020

Activity start: 1/1/2016 - Activity end: 12/31/2020

Strategic Partner organisation Diakonia
Swedish responsible organisation Diakonia
Local implementing organisation Women Affairs Technical Committee
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 2,037,624 2,037,624
2016 382,950 382,950
2017 544,444 544,444
2018 382,950 382,950
2019 363,640 363,640
2020 363,640 363,640

Description, goals and expected results

Overall Objective: To Foster Just And Gender Responsive Regulations & Legislations Which Govern Women Cooperatives in Palestine  Long-term Impact: Enhanced enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment in Palestine. Indicator of Success: Cooperatives’ Law is at least drafted from a gender perspective by the end of the project period. Specific Objectives: Enhancing the active role of economically empowered women cooperatives in public life during 2016-2020. Fostering the role of women cooperatives in advocating for the reform of the Palestinian cooperatives law during 2016-2020. Immediate Impact: Cooperatives are leading interventions toward improving the legislations that govern their work. Indicator of Success: A women cooperative coalition is established and actively participating in setting and reforming regulations that govern women cooperatives by the end of the project.  

Results achived by the end of the activity period

This project mainly contributes to results within Economic empowerment of women. Summary of results for the strategy period 2016-2020: Social and Economic justice - Economic empowerment of women. To improve the socio-economic, political and legal environment of women cooperatives in Palestine, Diakonia supported WATC during 2016-2020 with a project that focused on building cooperatives' capacity by enabling them to produce high-quality products, opening new channels of product marketing such as digital marketing. This is in addition to supporting WATC with connections and relations with the municipalities where the women cooperatives functioned, active private and public sector. Moreover, WATC was able to equip the women cooperatives with knowledge and skills to be part of unions and cooperatives coalitions and aware of their rights given in the coalition law. Despite the health and economic situation in West Bank and Gaza Strip, security issues, the continued lockdown, and the emergency actions, WATC succeeded in networking with supermarkets and municipalities to market the cooperatives' products. Furthermore, WATC succeeded in linking the cooperatives with the CBOs and NGOs to provide them with meals during their meetings, conferences, training sessions, and workshops. WATC supported partner cooperatives to build their digital marketing plans, which guide them to market their products using social media tools such as Facebook and Instagram; this also increased their targeted market and beneficiaries. WATC encouraged cooperatives to start their online market (Bazaar) to market their West Bank products. Technology and online communication were a new tool presented to participants; WATC, in the beginning, faced difficulties. Currently, most of the cooperatives are equipped to communicate via ZOOM. Partner cooperatives met to discuss the coalition situation and developed an action work plan, an improved vision, and a coalition mission. WATC supported partner cooperatives to expand their market by enabling them to market their products on BAZA, which was launched despite the lockdown and restrictions. WATC conducted awareness sessions on radio episodes; these episodes highlighted issues related to cooperatives, mainly • Cooperatives law • The implication of cooperatives law • The Palestinian government and their responsibilities toward cooperatives during the COVID-19 pandemic Field visits gave a great opportunity for the cooperatives to coordinate with each other, to support each other and to benefit from each other’s experiences. For example, the cooperatives witnessed the process of production of each other’s products, which helped other cooperatives improve their products. The Bazaars which WATC implemented in the West Bank and Gaza supported the marketing of their products to the public and among each other. It also gave the cooperatives a potential to add new flavors to their products, and to develop their quality. During 2016-2020, WATC worked with 36 cooperatives, 18 in the West Bank and 18 in Gaza Strip and different stakeholders from the Ministry of Labor, Cooperative Work Association, and Palestinian Working Women Society for Development and Rural Women's Development Society. WATC reached the target groups in Tulkarem, Jenin, Jericho, Nablus, Ramallah, and Gaza members of 36 women's cooperatives, and other organizations and stakeholders through various activities and strategies including: - Planning and follow-up meetings with the members of the cooperatives - Capacity building trainings - Coordination and networking meetings both facial and online - Facial and online meetings to follow the coalition’s work In General, more than 80 women were involved in project activities, in addition to 20 males coming from municipalities, governorates, and partner CBOs.