At the opening of the ceremony, Areej Daibas, NDC Sector Development Manager, explained that thematic network grants provide support for programmatic activities designed to improve services to member organizations of thematic NGO networks and push the level of networking and coordination among NGOs and relevant PA institutions. Thematic grants, during the cycle, focus on the impact of proposed interventions on building relationships and partnerships with the public sector and with other specialized and relevant NGOs. Daibas added that thematic network grants will hopefully help the selected networks to enhance their capacities and services provided to their member organizations, by promoting networking effectiveness, standards and indicators.
Representatives from both awarded organizations stressed the need for this form of funding to thematic networks to improve their internal capacities and enhance their services to member NGOs.
Support to thematic NGO networks is one of the main components of the Sector Development Program (SDP) at the NGO Development Center. It aims at enhancing networking experience in Palestine, by promoting networking effectiveness, standards and indicators.