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PASSIA Presents a
Special Training Program on

Party Development
8-12 June 2006

Part One
8-12 June 2006
27-28 June 2006



Lecture Program

Part One



DAY ONE: Thursday, 8 June 2006


9.30-10.00    Welcoming Address / Opening Remarks

                   Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Chairman of PASSIA, Jerusalem


10.00-11.30   Introduction

§ Definition of ‘party’ and ‘party system’

§ Formation of parties: what purposes/functions do they serve?

§ Parties vs. other political actors
  (e.g.,social movements/interest groups, etc.).

§ Role of parties and their differences in democratic and
  non-democratic systems.

§ The role of political parties in emerging democracies.

§ Party systems and their origins
  (historical legacies, social cleavages, etc.)

§ Formation and establishment of opposition parties
  within the party system

                         Dr. Ali Jirbawi, Professor of Political Science, Birzeit University.


11.30-11.45   Break


11.45-13.15   Introduction, contd.

                        Dr. Ali Jirbawi


13.15-14.15   Lunch


14.15-15:45   Party System in Palestine – A Historical Overview

                         Dr. George Giacaman, Director of Muwatin, Ramallah






DAY TWO: Friday, 9 June 2006



9.15-10.45    Party Formation (I)

§  Social cleavages and their transformation into political cleavages/programs. 

§  Why do new parties form?

§  Impact of the institutional and political environment on the formation of parties

                        Prof. Dr. Peter Loesche, Professor of Political Science at Göttingen University.



10.45-11.00   Break



11.00-12.00   Party Formation (II): Legal and constitutional frameworks

§  Provisions and rules governing the creation, registration, operation, financing and dissolution of political parties.

                        Ammar Dwaik, Chief Electoral Officer, Central Elections Commission



12.00-14.30   Lunch



14.30-16.00   Party Formation (III): History of Palestinian political parties

                        Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Chairman of PASSIA






DAY THREE:   Saturday, 10 June 2006


9.15-10.45    Institutional and Organizational Requirements of Parties (I)        

§  Party leadership

§  Membership recruitment (broadening the party base)

§  Creating an effective headquarters operation

§  Organization of party congress or events

§  Building and nurturing relationships with interest groups

                        Prof. Dr. Peter Loesche and Carsten Stender.



10.45-11.00   Break



11.00-12.30   Leadership Styles

                        (leadership types, various personalities, convincing others, leaving an impression, understanding what makes a leader. Motivating others, leadership in cultural and situational contexts, leadership ethics)

                   Dr. Mahmoud Baidoun, Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor, Ramallah



12.30-13.30   Lunch


13.30-15.30   Leadership Styles, contd.
                        Dr. Mahmoud Baidoun





DAY Four:     Sunday, 11 June 2006



9.15-10.45    Institutional and Organizational Requirements of Parties (II)

§  Developing persuasive (and unique) messages

§  Effectively communicating the party’s vision

§  Communicating the party policy and strategies to accomplish the message

§  Communications – internally and with the electorate

§  Relations with the media

                        Carsten Stender, Chief of Staff of the Secretary General of the SPD



10.45-11.00   Break



11.00-12.30   Communication and Media Skills

                        (Communication strategies and techniques; presentation skills; public speaking; selecting media-outlets and target audiences; interpersonal communication)

                       Shadi Othman, Civil Engineer, Master in Business Administration, Ramallah



12.30-13.30   Lunch


13.30-15.30   Communication and Media Skills, contd.
Shadi Othman




DAY FIVE:      Monday, 12 June 2006



9.15-10.30    Intra-Party Politics

§      Issue and policy research

§      Development of party policies and strategies

§      Dealing with intra-party conflicts

§      Recruit candidates

                        Ghassan Khatib, Lecturer at Birzeit University and co-editor of Bitterlemons


10.30-10.45   Break



10.45-12.00   Intra-Party Politics, contd.

§      Party financing / Fundraising / Financial Reporting

                        Iyad Masrouji, Vice-President, Jerusalem Pharmaceutical Company, Ramallah



12.30-13.30   Lunch



13.30-15.00   Discussion with local party practitioners

                        with Qais Abdul Karim (Badil - Alternative), Bassam Salhi (PPP) and Hatem Abdul Qader (Fateh)



15.00-15.30   Evaluation of Part One of the Training Program

Part Two to follow...


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