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What is MA’AN?

MA’AN Development Center is an independent Palestinian development and training institution established in January,1989, registered by law as a non-profit organization.  The main office is located in Ramallah and the four branch offices are located in Gaza, Khan Younis, Tulkarem  and Jenin,.  MA’AN's work is informed by the necessity of creating independent, self-reliant initiatives that lead to the development of human resources for sustainable development, which incorporate values of self-sufficiency and self-empowerment.  

MA’AN’s Vision
A pioneer community development and capacity building organization, with competent and professional staff, working in partnership with local, national, and international CSOs and solidarity groups, contributing to the development of an effective Palestinian civil society where respect for plurality, rule of law and social justice are the pillars for a free democratic independent state

MA’AN’s Mission
To partner and work hand in hand with Palestinian NGOs, Community Based organizations, committees and grassroots groups in the poorest and most marginalized areas to improve the quality of their lives and empower them to take a lead in developing their communities and achieving self reliance, steadfastness and sustainable development based on freedom, participation equity & equality, respect for human rights, democracy, and social justice through achieving the following five goals:

  1. Improving the food security situation of the poorest and most marginalized sectors of the Palestinian society at the family & community level
  2. To develop and enhance the capacities of the Palestinian NGOs, CBOs and grassroots organizations to be able to fulfill their missions and goals so as to contribute to building a Palestinian civil and democratic society based on political pluralism and respect of human rights
  3. To enhance community development and decrease poverty in rural and the most disadvantaged areas
  4. To protect and develop the Palestinian environment
  5. To raise awareness and advocate for and with the Palestinian community on their national rights at the local, national, and international level
Goals and Developmental Objectives/Strategies :

Goals

Developmental Objective/Strategies

1- Improving the food security situation of the poorest and most marginalized sectors of the Palestinian society at the family & community level

  • To develop the agriculture sector productivity
  • To increase water harvesting for agricultural purposes
  • To design and establish home gardens
  • To introduce new species and plants which has better income for the farmers
  • To create sustainable agricultural and environmental models and techniques
  • To enhance the Palestinian awareness of sustainable and friendly agricultural and environmental practices
  • To decrease the agricultural external inputs
  • To encourage farmers to use organic farming and organic pest control
  • To produce healthy agricultural production free from chemicals and pesticides
2- To develop and enhance the capacities of the Palestinian NGOs, CBOs and grassroots organizations to be able to fulfill their missions and goals so as to contribute to building a Palestinian civil and democratic society based on political pluralism and respect of human rights
  • To develop Palestinian human resources with special focus on the NGOs staff and board members
  • To build up and strengthen the self-reliance, efficiency, professionalism, and effectiveness of PNGO`s CBOs and grassroots through the following strategies:
    • Developing their infrastructures
    • Developing their operation systems
    • Providing them with the necessary equipment and tools
    • Enhancing the level of coordination, networking, cooperation and complementarities’ 
  • To contribute to self-reliance through creating income-generating projects and enhance their management level
3- To enhance community development and decrease poverty in rural and the most disadvantaged areas
  • To develop the inappropriate infrastructure
  • To implement projects that is labor intensive
  • To enhance youths’ and women’s competencies (skills, knowledge, and attitudes) necessary for the local labor market
  • To enhance cooperation and coordination with all stakeholders
  • To provide support and basic needs for the poorest in emergency situations
4-To protect and develop the Palestinian environment
  • To enhance and raise public awareness on sustainable and friendly environmental and agricultural best practices
  • To contribute to developing appropriate policies
  • To contribute to applied research in the field of agriculture and development
  • To advocate and lobby for the achievement of its objectives, particularly in  the agricultural and environmental sector
To improve information accessibility by developing MA'AN’s resource center and enhancing and keeping up-to-date the  organization website
5- To raise awareness and advocate for and with the Palestinian community on their national rights at the local, national, and international level
  • To support and defend the rights of the marginalized groups at all levels.
  • Develop relations between local, Arab and international networks and solidarity groups
  • Enhance the capacities of CBOs to use media as a tool for lobby and advocacy.
  • Reinforcing cooperation, integration, unifying the efforts of the Palestinian organizations to strengthen lobbying and advocacy for the sake of the Palestinian case locally, regionally and internationally
  • To encourage and urge national and international donors to direct their projects and programs to serve the poor and the marginalized areas. . 
  • Participate in developing comprehensive development plans as well as sectoral strategies that puts the poor and the affected at top of priorities
  • To unify and strengthen grassroots and networks to better represent, defend, and empower the people to fight for their rights.

MA’AN’s Main Strategies

  1. Lobbying & Advocacy
  2. Institutional, organizational and human resource development
  3. Services provision
  4. Awareness raising
  5. Networking, coordination, consultation and cooperation

MA’AN’s Programs

  1. Agricultural and  Food Security Program
  2. Community Development Program
  3. Women Development Program
  4. Youth and Adolescent Development Program
  5. Environment Protection Program

MA’AN Values:

A group of values, principles and beliefs that guide MA’AM’s work while it accomplishes its goals and objectives. The Board of Directors and all employees participate in adopting these beliefs, values and principles. These values, beliefs and principles are written and disclosed. Values and principles are situated at various levels:

  • Internal level of the organizations.
  • Society/community;
  • Partnering and supporting stakeholders;
  • Beneficiaries;

No.

Level

Values, beliefs and principles

1

At the internal level

  • Enhancing self-reliance and increasing independence at every level of our work are features of a leading institutions
  •  Professionalism, transparency, credibility and accountability are among the most important elements for success
  • Professionalism, excellence, and continued effort to improve quality of performance and of services provided by the organization.
  • Modesty: as an organization working to alleviate poverty & improve the quality of life for our Palestinian people, we are required to be modest in our behaviors and attitudes.
  • No conflict of interest within the organization’s bodies. 
  • Internal democratic dialogue and the right for everybody to express their opinion as a basis for leading the organization.
  • Preserving the organization’s independence from any political, factional, or religious affiliation
  •  Teamwork, collective leadership, participation, mutual respect commitment, and cooperation are the key ingredients for success.
  • Commitment towards the organization’s mission, vision and goals.
  • Good governance
  • Commitment to manage the organization in the most competent, effective and best manner so as to maximize the impact of available resources.
  • Employ competent people.
  • Equal employment opportunities between both genders
  • Respect, commitment and application of the Palestinian 2000 NGO Law. 

2

At the society/community level

  • Human beings are the essential basic element and focus of the development process
  • Democracy as a process and main focus in building a democratic civil society.
  •  Community development means the right of the people to identify their economic, social and cultural needs and be partnered in the whole development process
  • Cooperation with the community is a learning process; all parties in it are equal; and no party has a monopoly over knowledge
  • Development is a means not only for economic prosperity but also for human dignity, peace, justice, equal opportunity, and non-discrimination
  • Respect of human rights is a precondition to a democratic state
  • Development programs must be based on the social, economic, political and cultural needs and priorities of local communities, in respect to their aspirations, traditions and values
  • Learning is a right, a human need, and a life-long continuous process
  • NGOs contribute to the struggle for liberation and to building our civil and democratic society
  • Recognition of gender differences and the specific needs of women is an integral part of our programs and activities
  • Women are the basic partners in the developmental process; developing women's attitudes, skills, and knowledge will ensure sustainable human development.
  • Civil society  is crucial for  building a democratic state.
  • Social justice and equality, and sovereignty of law.
  • Transparency and accountability at all levels.
  • Defend and believe in the rights of the needy and marginalized in society.
  • We believe in the society and its institutions’ right to accountability.

3

At the level of supporting and partnership stakeholders

  • Unconditional support, without political preconditions, shows true solidarity from our international partners and donors
  • Transparency and fairness.
  • Insist on Palestinian development priorities.
  • Strive towards building a real partnership among supporting organizations.
  • Mutual respect.

4

At the level of target groups/ beneficiaries (individuals and institutions)

  • Participation inan integral component for the success of any initiative. Target groups’ (individuals and institutions) participation in defining development needs, in planning, implementing and evaluating projects and programs implemented and supported by the organization.
  • We believe in the necessity of coordination, cooperation and integration among civil society institutions. 
  • Focus on grass-roots and small CBOs to receive funding.

MA’AN’s Target Groups &  Beneficiaries

MA’AN seeks to reach certain key target groups through their programs and activities.  The target groups can be characterized as:

  • Rural Women
  • Youth and Adolescents
  • Farmers
  • NGO’s & CBOs and their members
  • Agricultural engineers and extension workers

Geographical Areas by priority

West Bank
Gaza Strip*
Tulkarem Khan Younis District
Jordan Valley Northern part of GS
Jenin/Toubas Gaza city
Jerusalem  
Ramallah  
Bethlehem  

*Special focus on seam zone areas

Figure 1 Geographical Areas

Geographical Areas by priority:

MA’AN’s Funding

Based on its specialized programs, the center depends on unconditional funding and support from a group of Palestinian and international organizations. It also depends on the revenues of its courses, publications and consultancies.

MA’AN’s Training Philosophy

The training philosophy aims at developing three dimensions: 

- Knowledge dimension                       - skill dimension                   - behavioral dimension 

It joins theoretical and practical modern training methods through different training methods based on the dialogue, participation, exchange of experience and learning from others.

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