Promoting the Partnership, a Norwegian Delegation from the Norwegian People’s Aid and the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (NUMGE) visited the PCDCR

A Norwegian delegation from the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) and the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (NUMGE) represented by Ms. Silvia Ostberg Morales, Country Director of NPA, Mr. Finn Erick Thoresen, Chairman of NPA, Ms. Kathrine Raadim, Director, International Programme Department, Mr. Stein Guldbrandsen, Executive Board Member of NUMGE  and number of employees visited the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution where they met Mr. Saed Al Magadma, Director General, Mr. Eyad Abu Hjair, Head of Gaza Branch and Vice President, Mr. Abed Al Monem Al Tahrawi, Projects Manager, and number of the Center employees. The visit took place at the Center’s headquarter in Gaza city.

This visit comes as a part of promoting the strategic partnership between both parties which started since 2007 and continued till now. The delegation made a visit to some of the Center’s activities and met with the beneficiaries of the project services which is funded by NUMGE. Moreover, the delegation represented by Director of NPA in Palestine praised the strategic relationship between both parties emphasizing on their appreciation for the services provided by PCDCR in the field of Women Competing Violence. 

On his turn, Mr. Saed Al Magadma showed his appreciation for this partnership which is based on the participatory relationship between both parties not only on the funding concept.    

The visit which lasted for 5 hours finished by meeting the delegation with a group of activist youth who presented their views of the Palestinian youth cases generally. In addition, the delegation met with a number of ladies beneficiaries from the project services.

Furthermore, Mr. Abed Al Monem Al Tahrawi highlighted his view for the future relationship with the NPA assuring on the extended relationship connecting between both parties especially NPA staff in Gaza city who provides a continuous and great cooperation with the Center’s staff. At the end of this visit, souvenirs, with a patriotic style of the Palestinian heritage, are distributed to both parties.

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The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution held many Introductory Meetings for “Steps towards Change” Project

 The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution held many introductory meetings with many youth groups within “Steps towards Change” project which is implemented in partnership with the Norwegian People Aid (NPA). This project aims at supporting and empowering the marginalized groups including women and youth in Gaza Strip and West Bank through promoting gender equality in Fair Political Participation and Social Accountability for claiming their rights. Those meetings took place at the PCDCR headquarter in Gaza city.

Mrs. Samer Hamad,  the Advocacy Specialist started the meetings by providing a deep explanation for the project idea, goals and the expected activities implemented in the coming stage. Mrs. Hamad assured the importance of  women and youth participation in the political and social fields in claiming their right to freedom of expression and freedom of association.

On his turn Mr. Abed Al Monem Al Tahrawi, the Project Coordinator presented the project activities which  include: forming an activist youth collation in the political and social fields to claim theirs right in freedom of expression and freedom of association. In addition to implementing many training courses about the social accountability and citizenship and implementing many training courses for the activists ladies in the social field to develop their political participation, presentation and negotiation skills.

Mr. Al Tahrawi highlighted that this project comes within the strategic extended partnership with the Norwegian People Aid since more than 8 years and it’ll continue with in this project for 4 coming years. Through this partnership, both parties will work on promoting  integrity values and social accountability principles.

It’s worth to mention that many meeting will be conducted with many youth groups during the coming week in the West Bank complementing the first stage of the project.
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Training course within the project “Advancing Social Accountability”

The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution implemented a training course to develop and hone the skills of young people, equip them with many basic skills that will qualify them to be engaged in social accountability within the Ministry of Local Government.

The training course, part of the project “Advancing Social Accountability”, funded by the National Endowment for Democracy, included 100 young people. This project is  a considerable and unique step in which the young people will cooperate with municipalities and PCDCR, focusing on some social issues and providing solutions according to the points of view of citizens and municipality.

The idea of the program came from the center’s vision of the positive role of young people as a strategic partner in planning and work to develop performance and keep up with reformative policies of the local government sector through exerting all the efforts to achieve the project’s goals.

 

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