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Over the past twelve months, we have hurtled from an incursion in Gaza to a global economic crisis and now to what is likely to be a defacto isolation and fragmentation of Palestinian land and families, exacerbated by Israel’s increasing grip on Jerusalem, with the daily land confiscations and house demolitions that this generates.

 
 

In 2008, NDC worked with more than 180 local NGOs to help their communities in which hundreds of thousands of people live. It also helped introduce the Palestinian NGOs Code of Conduct that has so far been signed by more than 500 NGOs in order to enhance accountability, transparency and governance standards in the NGO sector.

 
 

NDC took great strides towards building a more capable and responsive NGO Sector this past year. On February 2, 2007, during a formal signing ceremony held under the patronage of President Mahmoud Abbas, Dr. Atalah Kuttab/Welfare Association Director General, and Mr. Juan Jose Daboub/World Bank Signatory, NDC was delegated the responsibility of implementing the Palestinian NGOIII Project (PNGO III) on behalf of the Welfare Association. Through PNGO III, NDC will mobilize $18.7 million in donor funding ($10 million from the World Bank and $8.7 million (equivalent to € 6 million) from the
Agence Française de Dévéloppement (AFD) (over the course of three years) towards the NGO sector in the form of granting schemes and capacity building aimed at improving the effectiveness, self-reliance and sustainability of civil society. NDC has also received funds from the Welfare Association, the mother organization, to help incur running costs, along with a grant from the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) for an amount of $ 280,000.

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