Norwegian Church Aid in Palestine
- Presence established: 1996 (Also supported in 1954-1985, 1992)
- Funds used in 2018: 20.3 million NOK
In close partnership with local stakeholders, DCA-NCA’s Joint Country Programme (JCP) intervenes to save lives, build resilient communities, fight inequalities and support in 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 faith based (mainly local churches and organisations representing local churches, as well as other faith based denominations) and secular organizations.
In March 2015, a decision was taken to develop a DCA-NCA Joint Country Programme (JCP) in Palestine with DCA as lead agency.
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, 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 organisations.
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.
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 the blockade of Gaza. 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.
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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.