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IPCRI is currently focusing on building partnerships between Israelis and Palestinians on all three levels, from the individual, to the community, to the government. To achieve this, we are working specifically in the fields of trade facilitation, media literacy, regional committees, and entrepreneurship.
Over the last two decades, the Palestinian trade is restricted by arrangements dictated by the Paris Protocol. The decision about the “Customs Union” for example, made the Palestinian National Authority a confined market, in which Israeli imports accounted for 70-75% of all Palestinian Imports and 85-90% of its exports over the most of the 2000’s. Furthermore, different constraints on Palestinian exports to non-Israeli markets made Palestinian producers less competitive and had drastic effect on the economic development of the Palestinian territories.
As the Palestine is an infant economy, it can generate sustainable long term growth mainly through developing its export. Thus, accordingly, Palestinian traders must be adequately prepared to deal with regional exporting and importing procedures. However, Palestinian traders rely on Israeli systems and facilities, which operate in a foreign language and offer a limited access to relevant Israeli authorities. As a result, Palestinian authorities, and the local private sector, lack the regular updates regarding new changes in the supply chain, in the fluctuations of tariffs or in new regulations imposed by Israel.
This program offers to provide a facilitated process for the Palestinian supply chain (Import/Export) through capability building program for Palestinian businesses. IPCRI will focus a significant reduction of local trade costs, delivery of significant knowledge upon the supply chain and the creation of transboundary partnerships.
Media Literacy Initiative
The strengthening of Palestinian democracy must be seen as a key pillar of any national development or negotiated peace process. As the media serves as the “watchdog” of democracy and can become a tool for developing political pluralism, Palestinian media literacy must be enhanced in order to keep the media accountable. Moreover, as the social media is highly popular among the Palestinian population, the development of tolerant and open social media is essential for the democratization of the Palestinian political culture.
The IPCRI Media Literacy Initiative, in cooperation with MEMLI (The Middle East Media Literacy Initiative) and the University of Chicago's Center for Middle Eastern Studies, will provide a Media Literacy and Civil Discourse Program for youth living in the West Bank. Digital Citizenship and 21st Century skills will be included, to teach youth how they fit into the opportunities provided in the Human Economy and reach their highest potentials. Social and Emotional Learning will be the methodology throughout the course. Through this intensive 32-hour course, students will be empowered to evaluate the mechanisms of media construction and bias, to innovate and collaborate with one another through better communication skills and to understand the benefits of accountable social media use. At the end of the course, 80 young adults across the West Bank will graduate from the program, and 16 young adults will be trained to deliver the curriculum to other groups around the country and be paid for this part time work.
As a result, a group of agents will be empowered to better scrutinise media and its impacts, to be responsible digital citizens and to practice the values of pluralism and democratic values through increased social and emotional intelligence and civil discourse and debate both on and offline.
For more information about this project, please go to http://www.memli.org/.
Negotiations have become futile in the national scale. However, regional interactions are taking place in regular basis across the country. As a result, regional system of interests is being created offer a breakthrough in reaching a common understanding. IPCRI aims in creating regional track 2 committee which will negotiate the future of local sub-regions through incorporating various stakeholders. In this way, a mediation process can be created gradually and eventually confront the major issues through local agreements.
A sustainable economy is based on building stable and independent enterprises which will generate income to the local system and would increase employment. IPCRI supports local entrepreneurship through offering consultancy, creating win-win partnerships and in identify key opportunities for development.