Mission and Objectives


The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to the effective realization of adherence to human rights and international humanitarian law in the occupied Palestinian territory and to influence the behavior of the relevant duty bearers, including Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the de facto government in Gaza, to that end through civil society organizations supported by a consortium of donor countries.

 

The Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat is set up by the Managing Partners (the Institute of Law -Birzeit University and NIRAS) to support Palestinian and Israeli organizations that can convincingly show that they have the competence and capacity to contribute to real and sustainable change within the areas of the fund, applying human rights-based approaches in their work within the areas of the fund, applying human rights-based approaches in their work within the framework with relevant, realistic and measurable objectives.

 

This approach is complemented by the availability of short-term and limited project funding – granted together with capacity development support – to keep open the possibility for new Palestinian or/and Israeli organizations to become operations in the occupied Palestinian territory so that the sector remains dynamic with relevant actors for change.  A component of policy dialogue is also included in the programme aiming at facilitating dialogue and networking between the organisations, the donors and other stakeholders in Palestinian society.

Donor Consortium

 

The Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (HR/IHL Secretariat) is a joint donor programme sponsored by Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.

The support is a continuation of previous joint efforts by the four funding donors: Switzerland [Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation), Sweden [Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency], the Netherlands and Denmark. The main task is to support organisations in the oPt with the competence and capacity to contribute to real and sustainable change within the areas of the Fund. These are expected to embrace rights-based-approaches in HR/IHL framed by a long-term strategy and a results framework, with realistic and measurable objectives.


Steering Committee

 

The donors to the programme are represented by Heads of Cooperation in the Steering Committee. The authority of the Steering Committee includes: deciding on the general framework and policy for the HR/IHL Secretariat; approving operational manuals and standard forms for the Secretariat; approving annual work plans and budget for the Secretariat; approving funding as proposed by the Secretariat; deciding to open Calls for Proposals for project support; approving annual narrative reports and audited financial statements by the Secretariat; and the Steering Committee commissions the mid-term review or any other external evaluation of the programme.

The Managing Partner of the HR/IHL Secretariat is present at all Steering Committee meeting but will not have voting or decision rights.

Project Structure

 

Managing Partners

 

 

Ramallah
Ras Al-Tahouneh ST, near Al-Muqata'a
Al-Bireh, Palestine
Phone: 02 297 4563/4
Fax: 02 297 4565
Email:
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Gaza
Tomouh Building (Jawwal), Al-Jala'
Gaza City, Palestine
Phone: 08 288 3115
Fax: 08 288 3114
Email:
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are those of the author(s) and do not
necessarily reflect the views of the
Secretariat, Niras NATURA AB, Birzeit University,
or the donor governments.