“Civil Societies in Dialogue: Israel / Palestine” programme

Carried out since 2002, the “Civil Societies in Dialogue: Israel / Palestine” programme aims to help leaders of civil society organizations to put together a common future through dialogue and policy-oriented research.

Through this programme, UNESCO aims to contribute to establishing a constructive dialogue between the two societies: which is an essential pre-requisite to sustainable peace.

It has thus strongly encouraged the creation of a permanent Forum of dialogue between Israel and the Palestinian National Territories, also promoting active collaboration among researchers and universities.

Under this programme, several studies have been carried out, resulting in the publication of three books prepared jointly by Israeli and Palestinian teams.

The first, Mapping of Mainstream Israeli and Palestinian Organizations Willing to Engage in Dialogue, proposes a study of cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian civil society organizations and presents the main organizations and their level of engagement in dialogue.

Prepared by the Palestinian Centre for the Dissemination of Democracy and Community Development (Panorama), it contains a report by the Centre for Multiculturalism and Educational Research of Haifa University and a report by the Institute for Community Partnership in Bethlehem.

The second publication, The Evaluation of the Cooperation between Palestinian and Israeli NGOs: An Assessment, was prepared by the Jerusalem Institute for Israeli Studies (JIIS), in cooperation with the International Centre for Peace and Cooperation of Jerusalem (IPCC). It offers a critical analysis of the initiatives for dialogue and cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian NGOs.

Currently available in English, Hebrew and shortly in Arabic, this book compiles an Israeli report, a Palestinian report, and a joint report together with the findings from a workshop organized by JIIS in 2006.

Finally, a third publication, Proposed Guiding Principles for Israeli/Palestinian Academic Cooperation: Translating the Shared Adherence to Academic Freedom into Action, presents a project of guiding principles for dialogue and cooperation to enable the establishment of academic and intellectual cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian Institutions.
Prepared by Panorama Centre (now the Center of Democracy and Community Development) and by the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, it is available in English, Arabic and Hebrew.

The recommendations contained in these three publications, including the proposed guiding principles for Israeli-Palestinian academic cooperation, are the subject of meetings with academics and intellectuals in Israel and in the Palestinian Territories. The purpose of these meetings is to disseminate such publications and build a consensus among policy-makers around the proposed set of principles for academic cooperation between Israel and Palestine.

Publications references:

Mapping of Mainstream Israeli and Palestinian Organizations Willing to Engage in Dialogue
Prepared for UNESCO’s “Civil Societies in Dialogue” Programme by Panorama.
102 pp., UNESCO, 2007.
To download in English: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0015/001575/157520e.pdf

The Evaluation of the Cooperation between Palestinian and Israeli NGOs: An Assessment
Prepared for UNESCO’s “Civil Societies in Dialogue” Programme by IPCC and JISS.
172 pp., UNESCO, 2007.
To download in English: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0015/001561/156120e.pdf

Proposed Guiding Principles for Israeli/Palestinian Academic Cooperation: Translating the Shared Adherence to Academic Freedom into Action
Prepared for UNESCO’s “Civil Societies in Dialogue” Programme by Panorama and CRC
34 pp., UNESCO, 2007.
To download in English: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0015/001564/156437e.pdf

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