Norwegian Church Aid in Palestine and Israel
- Presence established: 1996 (Also supported in 1954-1985, 1992)
- Funds used in 2017: 14.5 million NOK
In close partnership with local stakeholders, DCA-NCA’s Joint Country Programme (JCP) intervenes to save lives, build resilient communities and fight inequalities resulting from the occupation as well as Palestinian specific socio-cultural issues.
DCA and NCA have both been active in the Palestinian areas since the early 1950’s, and started their engagement in the region with relief to Palestinian refugees on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Both organizations have been working closely together with a variety of local Palestinian and Israeli faith based (mainly local churches and organizations representing local churches, as well as Jewish faith based organizations) and secular organizations.
In March 2015, a decision was taken to develop a DCA-NCA Joint Country Programme (JCP) in Palestine (and Israel for the rights of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories) with DCA as lead agency.
Norwegian Church Aid is also working with Israeli human rights organisations against the destruction of houses, for economic justice and for women's right to protection in war.
Our programme in Palestine focuses on economic empowerment, active citizenship and humanitarian action.
We encourage local communities to exercise their right to self-determination, participation, and representation in decision-making fora. We work with communities in identifying and addressing relevant national level accountability gaps and IHL violations, together with international duty-bearers. The programme engages civil society actors, including faith-based actors, for active citizenship that contributes to inclusion and participation of all Palestinians, especially women and youth. In addition, it strengthens protection and coping mechanisms against rights-violations, supports dialog among different social groups to solve conflicts, and provides breathing space for both national and international human rights organisations.
Read about our work with ecumenical partners in Palestine
DCA and NCA combined their respective programme interventions Economic Empowerment and Right to Food to support livelihood strategies that address the equity deficits of vulnerable Palestinian groups, communities and individuals, especially women and youth. We support job creation opportunities that diversify income generating opportunities with use of solar panels and improved urban gardening techniques. The Joint Programme supports the empowerment and organisation of people for collective action through vocational training, farmers associations, entrepreneurships, and cooperative models.
Our aim is to increase the resilience of target group, especially the marginalized and vulnerable women and men, boys and girls to anticipate, withstand, and recover from disaster and conflict. We achieve this by building their capacity and preparedness for effective and accountable humanitarian response. We provide timely humanitarian assistance and protection to people, using innovative technological solutions. Our humanitarian response addresses acute crises through short and medium-term interventions. Furthermore, we link the humanitarian response with the long-term development interventions, and encourage donors to do the same, so communities are prepared and can respond themselves.
DCA-NCA believe that securing adherence to IHRL and IHL is a prerequisite for improving the humanitarian situation in Palestine. Our advocacy efforts focus on countering settlements and their expansion, displacement and forcible transfer, securing public and private adherence to the UN Guiding principles on business and human rights, the blockade of Gaza, and IHL and IHRL violations. To achieve this, an essential part of DCA-NCA’s work is to support partner organizations’ enhanced accountability, capacities, networks, documentation and access to decision-making fora at different levels. Our advocacy efforts are targeted at Norwegian, Danish, and EU decision makers.
The geographical focus of the programme is the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Our interventions primarily take place in the Gaza Strip, Area C of the West Bank, the Seam Zone, and East Jerusalem. Interventions that target national Palestinian policies and frameworks cover all Palestinian areas.
Norwegian Church Aid believes it is only the people and the communities themselves that can bring about lasting change. We implement our programmes together with local partner organisations and in close contact and coordination with the local government.
We have a diversified partner portfolio: local community based organisations, national NGOs, faith-based organisations, and networks from both Palestine and Israel.
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DCA-NCA is an active member of the Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA), the ACT Alliance Palestine Forum (APF) as well as the ACT EU Middle East Working Group. In addition, we have close coordination with the UN through Clusters, for instance, Cash Working Group, Protection and WASH clusters.