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.
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.