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Signing Ceremony: Cross-Sectoral Empowerment Grants
Al-Ram, West Bank – A signing ceremony has been held at the NGO Development Center (NDC) for the Cross-Sectoral Empowerment Grants with NGOs in the presence of NGO grantee representatives, the NDC Chair of the Board of Directors, Ms. Safaa Abu Assab and the NDC Director, Mr. Ghassan Kasabreh. For Gaza-based NGOs, signing arrangements will be made later. With a total value of $1,683648USD, five coordinated multi-sectoral projects will be implemented across the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.
Study Launch: The Participation of Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations in Sector and National Planning Processes
Ramallah, West Bank – The NGO Development Center (NDC) is pleased to have launched the study on ‘The Participation of Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations in Sector and National Planning Processes’ on June 19, 2014 at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society. Around 80 participants from the public sector and donor representatives attended the event.
In Memoriam
With deepest sadness NDC informs our members, partners and the Palestinian public of the passing of distinguished Dr. Mohammad Shadid, dear friend and colleague on Tuesday 5 November 2013 after a prolonged illness.
Implementation Phase of the Strategic Framework for the Development of the Palestinian NGO Sector
Ramallah - Gaza – A series of preparatory meetings have been held over two days at NDC’s main office in Al-Ram to launch the implementation phase of the Strategic Framework for the Palestinian NGO sector.
The NGO Development Center holds four workshops to inform NGOs of the World Bank funded Additional Financing for Palestinian NGO-IV Project
West Bank – Gaza- NDC is proud to announce the proceeding of its effort to develop the capacity of NGOs with an additional funding of five million USD from the World Bank for the duration of the next three years. Four information sessions have been held in the preceding week to introduce the objectives, procedures and guidelines with an impressive number of 272 NGOs and 335 people attending across Bethlehem, Ramallah, Nablus and Gaza.
NDC Launches a Strategic Framework to Develop the Palestinian NGOs
Ramallah, May 21, 2013- The Strategic Framework for the Palestinian NGO Sector 2013-2017 was launched on May 21, 2013, by the Palestinian NGO Development Center (NDC), in cooperation with the four umbrella NGO Networks: the Palestinian NGO Network, the National Institute of Palestinian NGOs, the Palestinian General Union for Charitable Societies, and the General Palestinian Union for NGOs – Gaza, in a conference held simultaneously at the Red Crescent Society Hall in Al-Bireh City, and at Roots Hall in Gaza.
French Consul General Frédéric Desagneaux, L’Agence Française de Développement and the NGO Development Center attend the inauguration of the new facilities for the Shams Center in Gaza
On Wednesday, May 8, French Consul General to Palestine Frédéric Desagneaux and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Country Director Herve Conan, along with Alaa Ghayalini (NDC Gaza Program Manager) attended the inauguration of the new facilities of the Shams Center, belonging to the Society for the Care of the Handicapped in the Gaza Strip. The Society has provided care for children with disabilities in the Gaza strip since 1976 through the Shams Center. The partnership with NDC and AFD has enabled them to improve their services for disabled youth, including the rehabilitation of the school and the sports hall, including new classrooms, furniture, fitness equipment and supplies. Additionally, 18 teachers received training on special education and 60 new students were brought into the center. The project also provided the children with psychosocial support and helped their families to become more familiar with techniques and methods on how to deal with the disabilities that their children have.
Funded by L’Agence Française de Développement: NDC signs inaugural Innovation Grant Agreements with three Palestinian NGOs
On Wednesday 14th of November, NDC signed three grant agreements with NGOs under the new Innovation Grants window. This type of grant, funded by L’Agence Française de Développement (AFD), supports non-traditional types of activities that show a heightened potential for success and achieving precedent-setting impact. The three signatories will bring innovative approaches to healthcare, youth support, and economic development though tourism. The Innovation Grants are part of the Palestinian NGO IV Project (PNGO IV) which focuses on serving the NGO sector through financial assistance, capacity building, and the introduction of sector-wide standards of best practice.
French Consul General Frédéric Desagneaux, L’Agence Française de Développement and NDC visit the Mothers School Society in Askar Refugee Camp, Nablus
On Monday 1st of October, French Consul General to Palestine Frédéric Desagneaux and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Chargé de Mission Jacky Amprou joined Ghassan Kasabreh (NDC Director), Jamileh Sahlieh (NDC Programs Manager), and Saed Quzmar (NDC Program Officer) at the Mothers School Society’s headquarters in Askar Refugee Camp, Nablus. The society has supported education for mothers in the Nablus Governorate since 1999. They are currently implementing a two year project in partnership with AFD and NDC to provide young mothers with educational classes in a variety of subjects and covering socially relevant themes – including maths, English, Arabic, and child psychological health and wellbeing. These classes are specifically designed to reflect the stated needs of the participants.
A delegation of representatives from the NGO Development Center, L’Agence Française de Développement and the Palestinian Authority visit the ‘Improvement of Livelihoods in Beit Skarya’ project
On Monday 9th of July, a joint-delegation consisting of Ghassan Kasabreh (NDC Director), Jamileh Sahlieh (NDC Programs Manager), Frédéric Desagneaux (French General Consul to Palestine), Hervé Conan (AFD Director), Maher Ghoneim (Minister of Public Works and Housing) and Abdel-Fattah Hamaiel (Governor of Bethlehem) visited the ‘Improvement of Livelihoods in Beit Skarya’ project in the Bethlehem Governorate. Located in an isolated region of the West Bank, Beit Skarya is an acutely marginalized community. Part of the Palestinian NGO IV Project (PNGO IV) managed and implemented by NDC, this project aims to enhance the living conditions of local families and develop the capacities and skills of women to enable them to contribute to family income. Palestinian NGOs the Riwaq Center and the East Jerusalem YMCA are implementing the project and bringing their wealth of experience in community development to bear.

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