Peace Advocacy Fellowship

Effective advocacy is instrumental to the accomplishment of any policy program. And yet, peace organization today have virtually no presence in Israeli policymaking discourses. Among the 185 lobbies currently active in the Knesset, only one, the recently established Women's Lobby for Peace and Security, works on promoting peace. As a result, there is a marked disconnect between government policy in relation to the Palestinians and the tangible needs on the ground that present opportunities for building security, trust, and peace in the region.

In order to ameliorate this problem, IPCRI is launching a new Peace Advocacy Fellowship for Israeli activists. Through the fellowship, they will be connected with other fellows working for peace, as well as with Palestinian civil society organizations. They will also be given the tools to impact policy through effective advocacy by way of open events, mentorship, training, and publications. Fellows will graduate with the confidence and skills to more effectively promote their goals in the policy arena, as well as with an expanded network of both Israel and Palestinian peers that will allow for more effective and collaborative peace work.

 

 

Trade Facilitation

 

Trade Facilitation

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.

 

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