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The NGO Development Center (NDC) is the largest Palestinian organization of its kind working hand-in-hand with Palestinian NGOs, local cooperatives, and community development organizations to improve the delivery of services to the disaffected and build a more capable, responsive Palestinian civil society. Our programs and grants empower Palestinians to help Palestinians by providing NGOs the skills, tools and funds they require to address social needs and promote self-reliance amidst poverty. We advocate greater NGO transparency and accountability through the adoption of professional financial and management practices, and promote sector-wide coordination and sharing of best practice experiences.
Established by the NGO Development Center (NDC), the Palestinian NGO Portal (Masader) is the first and unprecedented NGO Portal in Palestine and in the Arab world. Masader specializes in serving and empowering the NGO sector in terms of assisting NGOs in overcoming geographic limitations and providing them with opportunities for communicating amongst each other and among other relevant parties. Through Masader, member NGOs are able to publish and exchange their achievements (e.g. projects, studies, researches, proposals, administrative and financial reports, etc.). On another level, Masader provides donors, whether individuals or institutions, with the needed information in making funding decisions. Moreover, Masader exists as a current and concise resource for governmental, private, academic, and media institutions; assisting them to operate with a higher level of accuracy and professionalism.
In July 2008, several European donors – namely Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands – entrusted the NGO Development Centre (NDC) with the establishment and management of the Human Rights and Good Governance (HR/GG) Secretariat. The HR/GG Secretariat provides a mechanism to more effectively manage the donors’ long-standing commitment to human rights and good governance. What’s more, financial and technical assistance can now be more effectively channeled through a permanent secretariat structure dedicated to supporting the HR/GG sector. In May 2010, NDC was delighted to lead a second phase of the Human Rights and Good Governance Secretariat. Set to run until June 2013, Phase II received an initial USD $11.6 million from Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands. Joined in December 2010 by Denmark, this figure has now risen to USD $ 16.2 million. NDC is privileged to continue to manage the only Palestinian human rights and good governance funding mechanism.