“Enhancing the Resilience of the Palestinian people” is not just a slogan
Throughout my eleven years in government, I have promoted the principle of strengthening and empowering Palestinian institutions in a context that aims principally at enhancingour citizens’ ability to remain on their land and persevere in the face of the occupation, on the path to ending it.
After leaving office, I thought carefully ofhow best to continue serving our people and cause. I decided to work in the context of the very message I carried throughout my years of service in government,taking advantage of my understanding of the needs of the people, as well as capacity to mobilize the support and assistance needed to meet their needs. It is my belief that I can succeed in this endeavor. Hence, Future for Palestine was born.
Future for Palestine adopted the mission: Enhancing the resilience of Palestinian citizens in their homeland, especially in marginalized and severely impacted areas, by providing the basic development requirements. Guided by this principle, my colleagues in the Board of Directors and I believe that we will be able to provide a service that was not previously available.
- Because we will be the bridge connecting civil society and the private sector with the wider donor community, thereby contributingtostrengthening the institutional capacity and efficacy of civil society and private sector institutions.
- Because we will work to provide the support and assistance these organizations need, without assuming a direct role in implementation, but taking into account the importance of prioritizing social needs and setting development targets on the basis of a propos identification of existing development gaps in various fields.
Future for Palestine has identifiedseveral sectors and programs for its interventions in its 2014-2016 strategic plan, including the education sector, Palestinian identity – culture and the arts, as well as the civil-social sector. Our programs will also aim at developing agriculture and enhancing access of farmers to their land, as well as providing basic needs to residents of marginalized and most harshly affected areas, most notably in Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and areas designated as “C”, including the Jordan Valley, in addition to supporting alternative energy programs.
- By targeting the development gaps: Future for Palestine will focus its interventions on areas that suffer from development gaps, and it is keen on ensuring equitable distribution of its development interventions.
- Through empowerment: Future for Palestine is keen to empower local development partners by providing assistance that supports their sustainability and improves the quality of the services they provide.
- Through creative and efficient interventions: Future for Palestine strives to develop creative programs and mechanisms that ensure efficient responsiveness to challenges in a transparent and accountable manner.
- By maximizing impact: Future for Palestine is committed to maximizing the impact of its development interventions by pursuing quality interventions, while reducing the administrative and operational costs to ensure maximum utilization and coverage of the resources available.
Guided by these goals and principles, we shall stand by those in civil society and the private sector who take initiative and have the capacity to implement certain programs but require assistance in reaching funding resources that facilitate and enable them to implement such initiatives.
Future for Palestine was established in August 2013. Immediately thereafter, it began implementing projects on the ground, with a view to reaching all target areas and spheres of intervention because, as far as we are concerned, “enhancing the resilience of the Palestinian people” cannot be a mere slogan.