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The study seeks to develop a comprehensive vision for the socio-economic development of the Al-Mashareeq area that strengthens the resilience of the population, supports their survival on their lands, and effectively supports coordinated efforts of all development stakeholders in the area. The study primarily consists of a detailed comprehensive investment plan for the Al-Mashareeq communities, including interventions and programs ranked by priority, with the potential to be implemented by NGOs in cooperation and coordination with all development stakeholders (local government authorities, international NGOs, ministries, donors and the private sector).
 
This study was conducted to deepen the understanding of the NGO community’s participation in the national and sector planning processes. The purpose of this study is to strengthen the contribution and participation of Palestinian NGOs in national and sector planning and in policy making processes. The study aims, specifically, to evaluate the scope of Palestinian NGO participation in the national and sector planning processes, the quality of participation, and nature of NGO representation in these processes. This study identifies gaps in the capacity of these NGOs themselves, and their representative bodies and umbrella networks. It aims to enhance NGO contribution and integrate them into the planning processes; identify mechanisms for dialogue and partnership between the government and NGOs; submitting recommendations to improve and institutionalize participation; and enhance the participatory approach and transparency in national and sector planning processes, including monitoring and evaluation of plans based on the principles of accountability and social responsibility.
 
This year, the NDC is updating the sector development strategy with the assistance of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD). Unlike the previous strategy, this one aims to engage a wider audience both in preparation and in implementation. An intensive consultative process involving a wide range of NGOs in different regions of Palestine was established to arrive at this strategic framework. Like the previous strategy, the new strategic framework aims to provide a strategic direction to NGOs in addressing the key issues that the Palestinian society will face in the next five years within their area of competence. The strategy establishes a framework that encourages NGOs to align their current programs and projects as a way to achieve strategic objectives that will lead to a five-year goal.
 
This study comes within the framework of the NGO Development Center’s (NDC) efforts to develop the NGO sector to become more responsive, transparent and accountable to Palestinian communities. This is to be accomplished by setting standards and promoting collaboration within the NGO sector. It will be supported by strategic policy research, planning, and a strategic plan.
 
Between 1999 and 2008, external aid to the West Bank and Gaza Strip increased by over 600% to 3.25 billion US Dollars per year. During the same time period, external aid to Palestinian Nongovernmental Organizations (PNGOs) increased by over 500% from 48 million US Dollars in 1999 to 257 million in 2008. Throughout this period the level of external aid received by PNGOs fluctuated, however, it averaged around 10% over the 10 year period.
 
The Palestinian NGOs Code of Conduct entails the objectives of Palestinian NGOs with the level of its aspiration for values, good governance, community development and freedom for Palestinians.
 
Currently, about 1,500 of 2,445 registered nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the West Bank and Gaza (WB&G) provide key social services. Within this context, the World Bank has supported four Palestinian NGO Projects (PNGO), beginning in 1997
 
On March 3 and 4, the NGO Development Center (NDC) held a rapid needs assessment workshop for Palestinian NGOs working in the sectors of Health and rehabilitation, Agriculture, Social Services and Education. It is important to note that this was the first needs assessment for and by local Palestinian NGOs. The mechanism applied focused on sector working groups and included the following points of discussion: role o f NGOs in service delivery, preparedness of NGOs in the current situation, capacity and capability of NGOs to absorb additional funding and to implement additional programs, the need of each sector by priority, immediate and intermediate interventions with an emphasis on quick start, and the possibilities of cooperation and coordination. Forty-seven NGO representatives participated in this rapid needs assessment either through focus groups, interviews, or case studies.
 
This strategic framework aims to provide strategic direction to NGOs (within their area of focus) in addressing the key issues that Palestinian society will face in the next five years. The strategy establishes a framework that encourages NGOs to align their current programs and projects as a way to achieve strategic objectives that will ultimately lead to the achievement of our overall objective in the next five years (2013-2017).