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Civil Society Empowerment through Training and Skills Development



The PASSIA project Civil Society Empowerment Through Train­ing and Skills Development was developed against the back­ground that Palestine presents a unique challenge for institution building and the establishment of an effective civil society, with a wide range of organizations seeking to achieve long-term and lasting objec­tives in an uncertain and dynamic environment. However, many of the key personnel in civil society organizations (CSOs) receive no formal training and there is an immense need to develop proper skills and capacities that will enable them to become more efficient.



In view of the fact that civil society organizations play a major role in the developing, dynamic environment prevailing in Palestine and that a key factor in achieving their mission is the human resource, the PASSIA Training Programs seek to empower civil society practitioners to deal more effectively with the tasks ahead. The courses organized under the auspices of the Civil Society Empowerment Program aim at enhancing the participants’ organizational + managerial skills + capacities. The courses  are tailored to help achieve sustain­able institutional development.


Application Requirements

The training programs are designed for Palestinian participants whose responsibilities include project planning, management and imple­mentation and wish to enhance their skills. Normally, the applicant holds a BA degree or its equivalent. Non-gradu­ates with a rele­vant experience are also welcome to apply. Priority is given to candidates with a civil society background. Applicants must be able to commit them­selves full-time throughout the required period and to undertake pre­paratory reading and writ­ten work. A good knowledge of written and spoken Eng­lish is essen­tial.


Participant Selection Procedure

By the given deadline, PASSIA reviews all applications it received and prepares a short list of candidates to be invited for interviews. In line with PASSIA policy not to interfere in the selection process, an external interviewer is  invited to conduct the interviews and select the participants.




Upon selection, participants will have to confirm their com­mitment to full-time participation in writing as well as submit a letter from their em­ployers con­firming that they will be exempted from work during the required pe­riod.


Program Structure and Content

The training programs focuses on practical training and hands-on exercises in relevant fields and concepts and is structured as follows:


·      Preparation. Prior to the seminar the selected participants will be provided with a reading package, which will enable them to become fa­miliar with the course mate­rial. Participants will be required to write a brief paper on a subject related to the seminar. The presentation of this paper will be an integral part of the program.


·      Intensive Seminar. During the actual seminar local and international experts will introduce key issues and establish a fundamental background on the concepts and practice of issues such as  management, leadership, negotiation, advocacy, fundrasing, public relations, monitering & evaluation, and planning. Participants will be encouraged throughout the training period to relate their training to actual issues and experiences at the in­stitutions with which they are involved.


·      Conclusion. At the close of each program, participants who performed all required tasks are  handed a certifi­cate affirming their successful participation in the training program.


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