Founded in 1997,The Center for Democracy and Community Development is a non-profit Palestinian NGO based in Jerusalem amid at: disseminating the concepts and experiences of community –based participatory democracy; promoting the practices and theories of just peace in the Palestinian community North Africa, and the countries of West Asia ; encouraging the participation of marginalized groups in the decision – making processes ; working with children , youth, women, and community groups to improve society ; developing exchange programs , research project ; and policy initiatives for the purpose of community building , training , empowerment , and rehabilitation; and coordinating with all local, regional and global institutions that conduct related work.
Creating a free, democratic, prosperous, and secure West Asia and North Africa.
"Be the change you wish to see in the World….."
Target Groups :
The Center works with many different community groups, from political and civil society, and both of local and private sectors
1-Disseminating participatory democracy in Jerusalem , in Palestine society, and throughout North Africa and West Asia;
2-Developming the capabilities and skills of youth, and strengthening youth's community involvement and participations ;
3-Disseminating the concepts and mechanism of community development by encouraging the participation of community groups;
4-Strengtheing women's participation in community building;
5-Promoting ideas of civil peace, non-violence, and peace with others;
6-Stimulating the involvement of academics and intellectuals in the community.
The center has two branches , one in Jerusalem , the main office, the other in Gaza as a branch one.
The Center is managed with the following structure :
Board of Directors
Composed of seven people, who meet at least four times every year, of policy meetings charged with the responsibility , and monitoring the implementation of, the administrative and financial policies and plans for the center.
The staff of the Center consists of :
Acting General Manager .
Finance and Administration Manager .
Project Coordinators .
Administrative Assistant .