Governance and Civic Engagement

Overview

USAID's Conflict Mitigation and Management (CMM) program is part of a worldwide effort to bring together individuals of different backgrounds from areas of conflicts in reconciliation activities​​.  These activities provide opportunities to address issues, reconcile differences, and promote greater understanding and mutual respect.  USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission and U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv invest in CMM grants that bring together Israelis and Palestinians to work on issues of common concern and to promote peaceful coexistence.

Video Transcript 
USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission and U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv are investing in Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) grants. These grants bring together Israelis and Palestinians to work on issues of common concern and promote peaceful coexistence. From 2004 to 2015 we have managed 99 CMM grants. From 2012 to 2014, 40,000 Israelis and Palestinians participated in CMM activities. More than 50% of the participants were women. The USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission: Promotes joint economic development through agriculture projects. Raises awareness and works on environmental protection projects. Trains doctors and other health and social workers to enhance their capacity. Supports education programs by providing training and developing integrated schools. Encourages teamwork and mutual understanding through sport activities. Connects youth through Information Technology trainings. 72% of all participants talk about a positive change in their perceptions. CMM is part of a worldwide effort to bring together individuals of different backgrounds from areas of conflicts to participate in reconciliation activities. Providing opportunities to address issues, reconcile differences, and promote greater understanding and mutual trust. USAID invests in people.

USAID enhances governance and public participation in the West Bank and Gaza by focusing on three complementary areas. The first area is to improve the delivery of and revenue for public services. This includes activities that improve the financial and administrative sustainability of government institutions. The second area is to foster greater checks and balances and accountability of key government institutions. This includes activities that strengthen the rule of law and civil society. The third area is to invest in Conflict Management and Mitigation grants. These grants bring together Israelis and Palestinians to work on issues of common concern and to promote peaceful coexistence. All areas support increased citizen oversight and participation in decision making processes. 

USAID partners with the Palestinian Authority to improve municipal services, increase civic engagement, and strengthen the institutional capacities of 72 municipalities, resulting in 95% improvement in service performance and 33% decrease in service processing time.

USAID's Conflict Management and Mitigation Program: Bringing People Together in the West Bank and Gaza
"That's why we can't give up, because of young Palestinians and young Israelis who deserve a better future than one that is defined by conflict." - President Obama, March 2013
USAID/West Bank and Gaza Mission

 

Last updated: April 14, 2017

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