Partners

BuildPalestine

BuildPalestine

BuildPalestine aims to empower grassroots problem-solving, where each person is able to take action and tackle problems faced in their local community. BuildPalestine takes a bottom-up approach to development, where those closest to the problem are empowered to find an innovative, impactful solution for their community. The current focus of the cooperation between BuildPalestine and KAS is to promote social entrepreneurship in Palestine and to strengthen the necessary infrastructure to allow the sector to grow.
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EcoPeace Middle East

EcoPeace Middle East

EcoPeace Middle East is a unique organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists. Their primary objective is the promotion of cooperative efforts to protect their shared environmental heritage. In so doing, they seek to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in the region. The organization has offices in Amman, Bethlehem, and Tel-Aviv. EcoPeace is a project oriented NGO, using both a “top-down” (advocacy) approach coupled with a “bottom-up” (grass roots / community) strategy that has proven to be a very effective work model. They approach cross border environment and peacebuilding issues by first developing a regional strategy. Through hiring local researchers - Palestinian, Jordanian and Israeli - to gain a regional understanding as to the root cause of the problem and then developing a common vision as to how they are able to influence decision makers, the media and the general public on key environmental issues. Amongst EcoPeace’s projects is the Jordan River Rehabilitation initiative, which seeks to raise awareness of the demise of the lowering Jordan River and the several EcoParks, which help to preserve biodiversity and serve as a tool for environmental education.
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Gaza Sky Geeks (GSG)

Gaza Sky Geeks (GSG)

Gaza Sky Geeks (GSG) is the first startup accelerator in the Gaza Strip. Founded in 2011, its mission is to develop Gaza into an internationally competitive tech hub and cultivate entrepreneurs who can create incomes, jobs, and realize their own potential. Gaza Sky Geeks has developed their own incubation curriculum and works with individual startup founders to grow their businesses and facilitate venture investments into Gazan startups. Today, GSG is the leading co-working space, startup accelerator, and technology education hub in Gaza. Gaza Sky Geeks brings together experts from different backgrounds under one roof to share ideas, learn, and innovate. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung supports GSG’s visiting mentor program, which pairs up local entrepreneurs from the Gaza Strip with international startup experts. In addition, KAS also engages with GSG and the German startup scene in Germany to facilitate internship placements and offer work experience for Palestinian entrepreneurs in Germany.
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Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies (IALIIS)

Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies (IALIIS)

The Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies (IALIIS) at Birzeit University was established in 1998. It seeks to enhance students’ skills in politics and diplomacy in order to enable them to pursue their careers within the Palestinian Authority or in the private sector. Together with its emphasis on establishing local, Arab and international ties, the IALIIS aims at establishing a dynamic and democratic Palestinian State. In cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, IALIIS conducts graduate courses that inform students at Birzeit University as well as the Palestinian general public about the work of European institutions.
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Institute for Community Partnership (ICP)

Institute for Community Partnership (ICP)

The Institute for Community Partnership (ICP) at Bethlehem University was founded in 1989 as one of the community-service extension units of Bethlehem University. The Institute is an integral semi-autonomous unit of the University that undertakes the responsibility of strengthening the ties between Bethlehem University and the Palestinian community. It seeks to enrich and develop the entire Palestinian community through the identification of emerging developmental needs and responding to them through different service programs. The Institute for Community Partnership’s unique approach balances theoretical knowledge with practical experience and applied research in a multidisciplinary setting. This applied research combined with local technical assistance, consulting, and organizational development support services, provided through the Institute for Community Partnership and its centers, enhances the training component of the delivery process at ICP. All three activities are essential to enable the ICP to be the center of excellence in providing diversified professional services. Since 2009, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has been working together with the Institute for Community Partnership (ICP) to support and develop the ICP’s annual Diploma Program in Public Administration. Open to all public sector professionals, the diploma program targets entry to senior level officials working in ministries and local NGOs, and equips them with management and administration skills in order to improve effectiveness and efficiency in local governance institutions across the West Bank. Alumni of the program have reported to exhibit great progress in their respective positions following the completion of the program, including the appointment of one graduate to a ministerial position in the Palestinian Authority. This program is accredited by the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education.
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Institute of Law (IOL)

Institute of Law (IOL)

The Institute of Law at Birzeit University was established in 1993 in order to contribute to the evolution of legal structures and the rule of law in Palestine. The emergence of governmental structures and the exercise of legislative activity in the context of the present political process have created the need for a venue in which academics and professionals systematically and creatively focus on the challenges facing legal institutions in Palestine and contribute to building them. The partnership between the IOL and KAS is one that has extended for over twenty years. In addition to institutional support, in which KAS has been heavily invested during this time, our work with the IOL has focused on a two track approach: developing legal resources to support the work of the judiciary and legal experts, and conducting discussion forums for the exchange of knowledge amongst experts. The fruits of this longstanding partnership include research on the amended basic law and legislation enacted by the PA, publications on the harmonization of the parallel legal systems in Palestine (West Bank and Gaza), regular forum discussions known as “Legal Encounters” on various legal topics and in-depth training curricula for the justice and local governance sector.
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Palestine Strategy Group (PSG)

Palestine Strategy Group (PSG)

The Palestine Strategy Group (PSG), is an independent Palestinian platform for strategic thinking. Facilitated by the UK-based think tank Oxford Research Group (ORG), it constitutes a unique, local collective for integrated and sustained strategic thinking. With over 100 members the PSG engages Palestinians from different political, professional and geographic backgrounds aiming to inform and influence policy decisions and to guide the Palestinian national project. Together, these individuals engage in a knowledge-based process, aiming to address issues, which are not on the radar and to introduce new concepts and alternative paradigms, which may shape future scenarios. Maintaining channels of communication open the group creates new linkages between otherwise disconnected constituencies. Through this unique approach the PSG transformed into an active and influential group, holding meetings, focus groups, developing strategic analysis and thereby providing space for a debate on policy formulations and ways forward.
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Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR)

Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR)

The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) is an independent non-profit research institution. PSR was founded in 2000 with the goal of advancing research and knowledge on issues of immediate concern to Palestinians in three areas: domestic politics and government, strategic analysis and foreign policy, public opinion polls and survey research on current Palestinian political and social tendencies. These polls are conducted in support of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation and cover a wide range of current political and social issues, such as living conditions, prospects of the peace process or domestic affairs. The PSR is widely acknowledged for the methodological rigour that it puts forth in its work: In order to ensure the quality of its poll results, PSR conducts qualitative interviews in direct contact with respondents as well as elaborate quantitative analyses. Anonymity and non-gender-specifity are ensured during every step of survey research.
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Society of St. Yves

Society of St. Yves

The Society of St. Yves is a Catholic human rights organization working under the patronage of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem. It was founded in 1991 by the former Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, Michel Sabbah, to help "the poor and the oppressed" according to the social doctrine of the Catholic Church.St. Yves provides gratis legal assistance, counsel and advocacy to members of the community. Through national and international lobbying and advocacy efforts, St. Yves is able to bring the situation of the poor and marginalized to the attention of communities around the world. Today, St. Yves manages some 700 cases per year and assists about 2,000 people. The partnership between the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Ramallah office and St. Yves has centered around creating the knowledge and resources necessary for residents of East Jerusalem to navigate their legal rights around the freeze of family unification in Jerusalem and in the area of child registration. Complimenting St. Yves work in direct legal assistance, the KAS-St. Yves partnership seeks to also shed light on the discussions pertaining to the status of the Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem and reinvigorate the debate around the topic of East Jerusalem while drawing on International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law.
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The Aix Group

The Aix Group

The Aix Group is a Palestinian-Israeli think tank examining the economic dimension of the conflict and presenting concrete recommendations to overcome the current impasse. Since its formation, the group has developed an economic road map completing the Middle East Quartet’s Political Roadmap from 2002. This research includes studies on the final status issues, including natural resources, the future of East Jerusalem and Israeli settlements. KAS is supporting The Aix Group in its efforts to raise awareness for its research and findings to recurring questions concerning the two-state solution.
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