The NGO Development Center (NDC) has made momentous strides in empowering Palestinians by Palestinians throughout 2014. Both our grant-making and sector development programs were expanded to address NGO sector needs in innovative and effective ways. Building on our successes, NDC continues to represent a leading institution in the Palestinian NGO sector.
In 2013, we witnessed our commitments and efforts bear fruit on many fronts. While grant making and sector development remain the core of our work, there are a number of achievements and aspects that we would like to devote special attention to. 2013 was the closing year for the Forth Palestinian NGO Project (PNGO IV) with most components ending as planned.
2012 was a year of innovation for NDC. We launched a new funding mechanism that supports innovative approaches to development within the Palestinian NGO sector, and implemented an ambitious targeted capacity-building program, which assisted 77 NGOs. NDC also maintained its commitment to encouraging precedent-setting impact within the NGO sector.
In the past year, NDC has increased its funding disbursements, signed additional grant agreements with 43 NGOs and continued to pursue innovative approaches to project implementation and sector development. Innovation in both service delivery and the structure of development processes underpins the philosophy of NDC.
Despite the difficult political context, our NGO and community support continues to rise. The generosity of our donors is encouraging and gives us full confidence to continue all our programs in Palestine and has strengthened our impact, particularly in grant making and NGO sector development.
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.