Secretariat Core Funding Recipients

The Secretariat identified a total of 24 CSOs as a result of a rigorous and thorough application process for core funding. 

The Secretariat launched its call for proposals on 29 December 2013, receiving 72 applications—35 of which were prequalified. Information workshops were held in three locations (Jerusalem, Gaza City and El-Bireh). 

During this time, the Secretariat also conducted a POCAT assessment, with prequalified CSOs, to assess their capacity building needs and to assist in the development of their capacity development plans.

All 35 CSOs submitted their full applications by 9 February 2014 and were informed of the final decisions on 3 March 2014.

The attached table lists all 24 CSOs, with the mission and vision of each, in addition to a link to their web address, and the total grant amount (covering 2014-2017).*



CSO Partner



Total Grant Amount


Adalah – The Leal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel - Haifa

Adalah works to promote and defend the rights of Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel and Palestinians living in the OPT. It seeks to achieve equal individual and collective rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel in the major fields that represent the main constraints on the Palestinian minority: land and planning rights; civil and political rights; economic, social and cultural rights; religious rights; women rights; and prisoners’ rights. Adalah also seeks to protect the human rights of Palestinians under occupation against gross violations by Israel.




Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association-Ramallah

Addameer works to protect the rights of Palestinian political prisoners and detainees in Israeli jails and prisons, as well as in Palestinian Authority (PA) prisons. Addameer works to ensure the protection of Palestinian groups and individuals whose civil and political rights have been violated, including the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, all based on the framework of International Human Rights Law (IHRL) and International Humanitarian Law (IHL).




Al-Dameer Association for Human Rights- Gaza

Al-Dameer is an independent unaffiliated NGO that aims to ensure the development of the principles of internationally recognized human rights standards and values in the Gaza Strip. Al-Dameer is guided by these principles as well as accountability and rule of law, transparency, tolerance, empowerment, participation and inclusion, equality, equity, non-discrimination and attention to vulnerable groups.




Al Mezan Center for Human Rights- Gaza

Al Mezan is an independent non-partisan non-profit organization that aims to contribute to promoting and protecting internationally recognized human right standards and values in the Palestinian society, especially in the Gaza Strip through securing the rule of law. Al Mezan is guided by the principles of equal human worth and equal respect of all human rights, individual and collective, as enshrined in international law and jurisprudence.




Al-Haq “Law in the Service of Man”- Ramallah

To advocate nationally and internationally to promote the rule of law and respect for human rights in the OPT, through legal research, documentation and building capacity to address violations of the individual and collective rights of Palestinians under international law, irrespective of the identity of the perpetrator.




B’Tselem – the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories- Jerusalem

Protecting human rights in the OPT, through documenting and exposing facts relating to human rights and IHL violations.




BADIL -Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights- Bethlehem

To empower Palestinians, in particular refugees and IDPs, and assist local, regional and international actors to achieve a situation where international law and best practice are applied so that forcible displacement of Palestinians will end, and durable solutions and reparations for the displaced can be implemented.




Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights- Jerusalem

Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights, is an Israeli human rights organization formed in 1999 by a group of professional planners and architects, in order to strengthen democracy and human rights in the field of spatial planning and land, in Israel and in Area C of the OPT. Drawing on values of social justice, good governance, equality and community participation, Bimkom advances the development of planning policies and practices that are more just and respectful of human rights, and responsive to the needs of local communities. Bimkom has assisted hundreds of local communities throughout the OPT, amongst others, in matters concerning inadequate planning and home demolitions, as well as lack of infrastructure and public services.




Breaking the Silence- Tel Aviv

BTS is an organization that exposes the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the OPT, where Israeli occupation soldiers violate Palestinians’ rights.





Defense for Children International (DCI)- Ramallah

DCI/PS is dedicated to defending, promoting and protecting the rights of Palestinian children in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), as well as other international, regional and local standards.




Democracy and Workers’ Rights Center in Palestine (DWRC)- Ramallah

Spreading a trade union, democratic and human rights culture, reinforcing the skills and knowledge of female and male trade union leaders, informing them about their rights and mechanisms of protection, reinforcing women’s role, providing them with legal assistance to enable them to achieve their right to justice, encouraging them to form representative bodies on a democratic basis, and providing them with information through research and studies to enable them to influence socio-economic policies, reduce the effects of poverty and unemployment, and reinforce respect of human rights.




Gisha - Legal Center for Freedom of Movement- Tel Aviv

Gisha’s goal is to protect the freedom of movement and other rights for which freedom of movement is a precondition in the OPT, particularly in Gaza. Gisha seeks lasting changes in
Israel’s policies regarding freedom of movement.




HaMoked – Center for the Defense of the Individual- Jerusalem

HaMoked strives to provide assistance to Palestinians in the OPT who fall victim to violence, abuse, or violation of fundamental rights by Israeli authorities - especially those persons who require assistance in making their complaints to these authorities.  HaMoked works to safeguard fundamental rights in every other manner, including filing applications with the courts, including petitions to the Supreme Court sitting as the High Court of Justice, either in the name of the persons whose rights have been violated, or as an independent public petitioner.




Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)- Gaza

PCHR's mission is to empower and protect the Palestinian people by promoting human rights, the rule of law, good governance and representative participation in local and national decision making, through:
- Investigating and exposing human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt);
- Providing legal representation to victims of human rights violations;
- Providing education and training in international human rights standards and international humanitarian law and
- Campaigning and advocating for the rule of law, good governance and representative, participative decision making.




Palestinian Working Women Society for Development (PWWSD)- Ramallah

The Palestinian Working Women Society for Development (PWWSD) is an independent non-profit women organization working in the field of development in Occupied Palestine. PWWSD  aims for gender equality and the eradication of all forms of discrimination through strengthening, empowering and mobilizing women’s participation in development processes, the promotion of women’s civic and human rights, and the improvement of  women’s and girl’s psycho-social well- being




Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)- Tel Aviv

The prolonged Israeli occupation over Palestinian territory is the basis of human rights violations, in particular, the right to health. PHR thus endeavors to significantly contribute to the efforts of ending the occupation and to promoting a society that is based on the values of human rights, solidarity, social justice, equality and mutual assistance in, amongst others, the OPT.




Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI)- Tel Aviv

PCATI employs multiple strategies to combat torture, ill treatment and institutional violence, including: providing legal remedy to victims and enabling them to access justice; challenging the institutional impunity that permits torture, ill treatment and institutional violence; changing the Israeli attitude towards torture, ill treatment and institutional violence with reliable information and a compelling and irrefutable message about such human rights violations; raising knowledge about torture and HR violations and rights to be free from HR violations; addressing the international community about human rights violations in Israel and pursuing innovative international efforts; while remaining focused on strategic issues: impunity remains a center piece issue.




The Jerusalem Legal Aid & Human Rights Center (JLAC)- Ramallah

To combat all forms of human rights violations regardless of the perpetrating authority through: facilitating access to justice, lobbying and advocacy, mobilizing social capital, and professional commitment.




The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy – MIFTAH- Ramallah

MIFTAH seeks to promote the principles of democracy and good governance within various components of Palestinian society; it further seeks to engage local and international public opinion and official circles on the Palestinian cause. To that end, MIFTAH adopts the mechanisms of an active and in-depth dialogue, the free flow of information and ideas, as well as local and international networking.




Women Affairs Technical Committee (WATC)- Ramallah

Based on the Palestinian Declaration of Independence, the Palestinian Women’s Rights Bill, and International Women’s Human Rights Documents WATC seeks to promote, and protect women’s rights and empower them in all areas without discrimination.




Women Studies Center-Jerusalem

The Women’s Studies Centre works towards developing, fostering and disseminating a progressive feminist discourse based on social justice and equality values, with the aim of empowering women to access and benefit from all societal resources available. WSC also contributes to developing and mobilizing community and youth leadership that endeavor to create social movements capable to achieve our vision.




Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC)- Ramallah

WCLAC is a Palestinian, feminist, non-governmental organization that works to protect and promote women’s human rights within the framework of international human rights mechanisms and standards. This is to be undertaken through monitoring, documentation and advocacy at the local and international levels; providing social and legal services to women victims of violence and those whose human rights have been violated; undertaking awareness, advocacy, training and legal reform programmes that ensure gender equality; developing the capacity of grassroots organizations and volunteer groups, all within the framework of an effective organization that works in a complementary way through the various programme and administrative units and regional offices whose specialized and highly-qualified staff are committed to the vision and mission of the Centre.




Women's Affairs Center (WAC)- Gaza

WAC is an independent and non-profit Palestinian NGO with the purpose of advocating women’s rights and gender equality through capacity development, information and innovative research and advocacy programs. While implementing its strategy to fulfil its vision, WAC is guided by international human rights principles including empowerment and participation; equality and non-discrimination; and accountability to ensure justice and dignity for women.




Yesh Din- Volunteers for Human Rights- Tel Aviv

The members and staff work for an immediate and long term change in the Israeli authorities' practices by documenting and disseminating accurate and up-to-date information about the systematic violation of human rights in the West Bank, by raising public awareness of such violations, and by applying public and legal pressure on the Israeli government to end them.



*These amounts include funding provided though 2017.

Ras Al-Tahouneh ST, near Al-Muqata'a
Al-Bireh, Palestine
Phone: 02 297 4563/4
Fax: 02 297 4565
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Tomouh Building (Jawwal), Al-Jala'
Gaza City, Palestine
Phone: 08 288 3115
Fax: 08 288 3114
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