PCDCR Concluded Training Course About Concepts of Disability and Related Issues.


(Gaza Strip, 1 June 2016)- The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR) concluded a series of training sessions on “Enhancing summer camps counselors’ skills and knowledge about disability and the related issues and how to implement summer camps activities for children with disabilities”. The training program continued for 4 days, and targeted 18 counselors, and it was a part of the project “Improved access to protection and health for children with special needs in Gaza”, implemented by Handicap International. The project aims to enhance resilience and reduce protection and health risks for the most venerable boys and girls in Gaza Strip, in order to improve the psychological wellbeing and coping of targeted children and their families in the vulnerable and marginalized areas.

Rehabilitation and cognitive training for a group of an administrators of summer camps.

Photos from the first day of rehabilitation and cognitive training for a group of an administrators of summer camps and in the case of the project activities” Improving access to protection and health services ” in partnership with (Handicap International) to the children with disabilities which Implemented by PCDCR and addresses the issue of enhancing the skills and knowledge of the camps administrators about the concepts of disability and related issues and how to carry out the activities of summer camps for children with disabilities .

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PCDCR Finished Training Course About Psychological First Aid.

(Gaza Strip, 28 April 2016) The Palestinian Center of Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR) concluded a training program about psychological first aid, lasted for 12 hours out of three days. The program targeted 25 psychosocial specialists from the emergency staff of the project “Psychosocial support for conflict and societal violence affected children” in partnership with Save the Children Organization. The training sessions included different subjects about the psychological first aid, like psychological intervention for children during emergencies, improve staff’s skills of implementing emergency visits, psychosocial support sessions for children and their parents, and methods of providing individual counseling.  

“Job announcement / “Technical supervisor

Job title: technical supervisor

Organization: Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution  _ PCDCR

Job Location: Gaza Strip

Contract period: 8 months from 1st of May to 30th of November.2016

Reporting: PCDCR project manager

Submission deadline: 25th April 2016

Note: The application for this job vacancy is available for both a freelancers and a firms.

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PCDCR Concludes Training Course Entitled ” Training of Facilitators/ Trainers”

On Wednesday, 6th April 2016, the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR) concluded a training course entitled “Training of Facilitators/ Trainers” as part of a project funded by the European Union and titled as ” the Elected President” in partnership with Central Elections Commission-Palestine. The 15-hour training course was held in PCDCR’s training hall “Gaza branch” from 04 to 06 April 2016 and 20 participants attended the course.

The program of the training course addressed a number of topics: elections as an element of democracy, the legal logic of elections, electoral systems and their advantages and disadvantages, voters’ registration, the electoral campaign, elections monitoring, and elections controls.

A team of specialized trainers in PCDCR supervised the training. Mr. Abdel Men’m Al-Tahrawi began the training talking about the project, its objectives, and the target group which is represented by universities students and Civil Society Institutions’ staff. He explained that a number of awareness raising sessions about elections will be held including an imitation of elections law while the elected will grant the opportunity to play the role of president. Besides, Al-Tahrawi emphasized on the necessity of having training and facilitation skills in addition to the necessity of addressing people in the language they can understand. He added that the facilitator/trainer has to recognize facilitation techniques such as: brainstorming, free association, and groups discussions.

The participants praised PCDCR distinctive role in disseminating elections culture and rule of law. Moreover, they emphasized that the course is characterized by its richness topics and the efficiency of the trainers. In addition, they appreciated the use of interactive training methods since they had an active participation and discussion during the training course sessions. The participants stressed on the need of organizing such training courses.    اختتام-مشروع-الانتخابات-1 اختتام-مشروع-الانتخابات-2

PCDCR Signs an Understanding Memorandum for Training Sharia’ Lawyers

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The Palestinian center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sharia’ Higher Judicial Council and the Palestinian Higher Judicial Institute. This memorandum comes within the efforts to develop the abilities of Sharia’ lawyers.

Under the agreement, it was settled to hold eight training sessions for Sharia’ lawyers. The training sessions will target 300 lawyers-in-training in order to develop the skills and abilities of Sharia’ lawyers who are on the verge of the occupational exam. Its mention worthy that the memorandum was signed by Mr. Iyad Abu Hujjayer, head of PCDCR in Gaza, with Mr. Hasan El Jojo, Chairman of the Supreme Council for the Islamic courts, and Mr. Nafez El Madhoun, Dean of the Palestinian Higher Judicial Institute.

The implementation and supervision of the training sessions will be in cooperation with UNDP and PAPP, but PCDCR will be responsible for registration process and receiving enrollment applications. The training program will include several topics like Law of personal status, Family law, Sharia’ procedures law, endowment, inheritance, wills and law enforcement.

Training sessions will be given by different courts judges, including Mr. Saeed abu El Jabeen, a Supreme Sharia Court judge, Mr. Ibrahim El najjar, Head of Supreme Court of Appeal in Khan Younis, Mr. Salah abu Hasheesh, a Supreme Sharia Court judge, Mr. Omar Nofal, Head of Court of Appeal in Gaza, Mr. Nafez El Madhoun, and Mr. Rami Salouha.

Young Woman Leaders Program –Work Placement

Project title: Young Woman Leaders Program –Work Placement

Donor: UNRWA

Thematic Programme: Woman Support and Empowerment Program

target group: Young women and fresh graduates “.

Implementation period:  10 months 1/2/201530/11/2015



Due to the ongoing blockade and high rates of unemployment, this project aims to enhance the employment opportunities for 500 young female graduates in Gaza Strip to improve their access to work opportunities in the labor market and foster their knowledge and skills gained in the university which will benefit the graduates in their communities. Moreover, the work placement also supports the private sector development in Gaza Strip. The Work placement is divided into 3 phases providing a total number of 500 graduates with a monthly stipend of 100 USD for each graduate.


Overall objective:

The overall objective of the project is to empower female university graduates through fostering their skills and abilities making them employable individuals for the labor market while at the same time supporting the private sector and economy of Gaza.


Specific objectives:

  • To select qualified project staff.
  • To make all coordination and arrangements in order to carry out the project effectively and efficiently.
  • To select the companies and CBOs which are ready to take the YWLP participants in job placement
  • To equip the participants with the names of their work Placement that match the requirement of job market.
  • To monitor the commitment of the graduates during work placement.
  • To assess the impact of job placements scheme, orientation working days and small scale projects on female graduates and to measure to what extent these interventions have achieved its goals.
  • To report about the project activities and financial transactions.



  • Announce advertisement on PCDCR’s website about the project vacancies.
  • In coordination with UNRWA, Conduct interviews with candidates.
  • Sign contracts with selected staff.
  • Design project work plan including method of selecting graduates, companies and CBOs, logistical arrangements-transportation and hospitality.
  • CBOs and Companies that are ready and have willingness to take the YWLP participants in job placement.
  • Distributed all over Gaza Strip governorates.
  • Distribute YWLP participants on the selected companies and CBOs.
  • Discussing with the managers of companies and CBOs the achievements of the graduates and their new skills.
  • Prepare a narrative report. a report after each phase detailing feedback and evaluation of work placement.

Reducing Child protection risks in Opt

Project title: Reducing Child protection risks in Opt

Donor: Save the Children

Thematic Programme Children Rights Protection Program

target group: “children – community counselors – parents”

Implementation period:  10  months 1/3/2015 -31/12/2015


Many Palestinian children are affected by extraordinary violence , caused by armed conflict and non conflict based violence at home and in schools and the wider community . Israeli house demolitions, military incursions ,night searches, harassment at checkpoints, settler attacks, along with school and community violence compound the distress of children and families , creating a situation which is persistently undermining the resilience and well being of  population .

 Palestinian children are severely affected by the conflict –especially in terms accessing their right to suitable education and their right to protection from psychical and psychological harm  .children in nearly a third of all families experience anxiety the long term physical ,emotional and social well being of children .

The violence and endless conflict that permeates the society leads to frustration and lack of hope for the future. Children are the most affected , and the uncertainties of the present situation coupled with the seeming hopeless of what the future holds have left many boys and girls suffering from a recurrent fit of complex dilemmas that have continued to undermine their resilience and capacity to cope with stress.

Many children have resorted to negative coping mechanisms including drug and substance abuse and violence and in a situation where the entire population is affected by the same conflict most children consequently  lack the requisite psychosocial  anchor to lean against and the situation continue to affect children and their families’ general wellbeing  .

Overall objective: To reduce child protection risks in Vulnerable communities in the opt.


Specific objectives:

  • Enhanced psychosocial  wellbeing and coping of targeted children and their families in Gaza
  • Children and their families have increased awareness child rights and ways of reporting child rights abuses.


–              Conduct 4 training days for 10 community counselors

–              Conduct 40 child resilience workshops for children

–              Conduct 32 child resilience workshops for parents

–              Conduct 2 meeting with community counselors

Youth for Social Peace

Project title: Youth for Social Peace

Donor: National Endowment for Democracy

Thematic Programme Democracy, Human Rights and Good Governance

target group: Youth

Implementation period: 12 months ( 1/2/2015 – 31/1/2016)


Nothing has been changed since the last four months, everything is still the same. Gaza strip still suffer from the reconstruction, crossing closure, no arranged salaries, no fuel, weak infrastructure, irregular power shortage, unemployment and other conflicts that daily increased. 

In additions, the inability to find any political solution and the continuation of Israeli settlement policy and aggression upon Al Aqsa mosque led to deterioration in security situation in Jerusalem and West Bank.

The Intransigence of Israel and its provocations towards the Islamic sites as well as the frequent attacks of settlers to West Bank people changed the situations and became difficult to predict its end or consequences.

For sure that this deterioration affected negatively all aspects of Palestinians’ life. But, in the aspect of social peace, there is an improvement in the relationship of national forces where they are unified towards one objective as protecting Al Aqsa mosque and practices of Israeli forces.


  • PCDCR will assess the roundtables and town hall meetings based on participant feedback on their substance, as well as media coverage generated by them.
  • PCDCR will measure the utility and impact of its debate initiative through requests for participation, and feedback from civic activists and policy-makers on the quality of the debates.
  • PCDCR will gauge the cohesion of the Alliance teams as the primary signal that these reconciliation-support efforts are drawing a committed pool of participants. In addition, and on an activity-by-activity assessment, PCDCR will document the degree of participation by individual Alliance members in the planning and conduct of activities.


  • Debate League.
  • Roundtables and Town Hall Meetings.
  • Awareness sessions in Schools.

Psychosocial support for conflict and societal violence affected children

Project title: Psychosocial support for conflict and societal violence affected children.

Implementation period: 9 months (1/3/2015 – 30/11/2015)

Donor: Save the Children

Thematic Program: Children Rights Protection Program


Palestinians in oPt face a range of serious protection threats related to these factors including threats to life, liberty and security, destruction or damage to homes and other property, forced displacement, restrictions on freedom of movement and on access to live hoods, and lack of accountability and effective remedy.

The seasonal winter flooding further exacerbates pre-existing humanitarian needs. In 2014, there was a sharp increase in the severity of humanitarian needs in Gaza Strip as a result of the July-August war.

According to OCHA (Occupied Palestinian Territory Humanitarian Needs Overview 2015); the armed conflict from 7 July to 26 August was the deadliest escalation in hostilities to affect Gaza since 1967. Half a million people were displaced, up to 22,000 homes were totally destroyed or rendered uninhabitable and 100,000 remain homeless. Extensive damage to infrastructure, including health, educational and water sanitation facilities, further undermined the already precarious access to basic services.

The impact of violence and conflict on children is particularly concerning, hindering the enjoyment of their rights, preventing their normal development and severally affecting their psychosocial wellbeing.

Moreover, the counselors who provide group and individual counseling sessions noticed that children -in areas that mostly affected by the war and suffer from psychosocial problems- have low academic achievements compared to their achievements before the war. The caregiver asked the project team several times to provide their children with psychosocial educational support as children in these areas are in need for this activity. Therefore, there is an essential need to continue and expand providing emergency psychosocial support services for children and caregivers especially in areas that mostly affected by the last Israeli war on Gaza Strip.

Main objective: improve psychosocial wellbeing, protection and coping mechanisms of vulnerable children in Gaza Strip.

Specific objectives:

  • Enhanced psychosocial wellbeing and coping of targeted children and their families in Gaza.
  • Increased awareness child rights and suitable ways of treatment for parents.
  • Empowered coping skills for women after war.
  • Improved psychosocial support team skills in communication with children and referral system.

Targeted group: Children


  • Conduct 130 group counseling sessions for 1950 children.
  • Conduct 130 follow up sessions for parents and their children.
  • Conduct 40 debriefing sessions for 480 women.
  • Conduct 200 emergency visits.
  • Conduct individual counseling for 750.
  • Conduct 120 supervision visits for psychosocial support teams.
  • Conduct 11 open days for 1950 children.
  • Conduct stress management workshop for 25 PSTs.
  • Conduct 4 community awareness raising workshops.
  • Conduct 3 lesson learned workshops targeting 20 partner CBOs, 20 children, 20 parents, 20 PSTs.
  • Conduct 4 training days for PSTs on need assessment and communication skills eith children and parents.