With regard to Palestinian NGOs active in different developmental sectors,
regardless of whether or not
they are members of the Network, as well as other Palestinian networks,
institutions and frameworks
With regard to Arab organizations in particular, as well as UN and other
international governmental and
non-governmental organizations in general
- Contributing to the formation of a Palestinian socio-economic and
cultural perspective in accordance with the principles of public freedom and
social justice, based on Palestinian and Arab legacy.
- Influencing public opinion and mass information concerning
educational, health, economic, social and civil rights issues.
- Influencing policies regarding social issues and structures, based on
democratic norms and values as well as respect for human rights and social
- Working towards the attainment of full equality and justice for women.
Supporting efforts to enhance the role and increase the participation of
women in all developmental activities as well as to change the stereotype of
women in Palestinian society.
- Developing and enhancing the capabilities, skills and potential of
the Network's member organizations on institutional, administrative and
- Promoting the Network's structural, administrative and financial
systems through the participation of member organizations in its activities.
1. Conducting various studies on civil
and democratic society as well as on laws on how to regulate the activities
of Palestinian NGOs.
2. Organizing seminars, conferences,
workshops and regular meetings for NGOs whenever the need arises in order to
discuss topics, such as democracy and civil society. Taking measures to
strengthen advocacy and lobbying with regard to certain issues.
3. Developing a comprehensive system of
providing information on Palestinian NGOs, i.e. their goals, activities and
methods of operation. Making this information available to researchers and
concerned people locally and abroad.
4. Issuing a periodical news bulletin as
well as other publications in order to enhance dialogue and coordination
among Palestinian NGOs and disseminate information on their activities.
5. Developing other mechanisms in order
to achieve the above-mentioned goals.
Administrative and Organizational Structure
The General Assembly
The General Assembly is made up of the entirety of the Network's
member organizations. It has the following powers and responsibilities:
1. To discuss and approve the Network's annual plan and its audited
2. To discuss and approve future annual plans.
3. To review and approve the Network's financial plans and policies.
4. To elect member organizations which are to form part of the Network's
Steering Committee once every two years. Two member organizations which were
part of the previous Committee must maintain their membership in the new
Committee in order to guarantee the continuity of work.
5. To approve new memberships, upon the recommendation of the Steering
6. To modify and approve the Network's By-Laws, with the approval of at
least two-thirds of the member organizations.
7. To convene at least twice a year.
8. To determine annual membership fees.
9. To form specialized committees within the Network whenever the need
The Steering Committee
The Steering Committee comprises seven to nine member organizations that
work voluntarily and have the following powers and responsibilities:
1. To implement the goals of the Network by formulating
annual administrative and financial plans and programs, which are to be
approved by the General Assembly.
2. To prepare detailed work plans derived from the
3. To meet at least once every two weeks in order to
supervise the Network's daily performance. Additional meetings can be
convened when the need arises.
4. To supervise the process of receiving and disbursing
funds, to prepare the annual budget and to ensure that accounts are audited.
5. To present administrative and financial annual
reports to the General Assembly for approval.
6. To raise the funds required to guarantee the
execution of the Network's annual plan in cooperation with the General
7. To supervise the collection of the annual membership
8. To receive, process and assess applications for
membership and make recommendations to the General Assembly during its
annual meeting concerning the suitability of the organizations in question.
9. To approve the employment of the Network's
coordinator and other employees, in accordance with the needs of the
10. To seek the help of advisors and experts in order to improve
the Network's performance.
11. To officially represent the Network both locally and
internationally, within the framework of its stated goals.
1. Organizations, not individuals, are eligible for
2. Any organization, meeting the definition of an NGO
as outlined above, is eligible to join the Network if it fulfills the
1) It must have been established for at least two years
before applying for membership.
2) It must be active in one or more of the fields
detailed in the above NGO definition.
3) Its program must outline a clear strategy, goals and
activities. It must have identified mechanisms for the attainment of its
goals and the evaluation of its work.
4) It must have clear By-Laws that stipulate how
decisions are made and define the interrelation among different
administrative levels. There need to be job descriptions for all employees.
The organization must provide information about its internal structures,
including the names and duties of the people working for it.
5) Its financial reports must be completed
professionally, audited by a chartered auditor and approved by authoritative
6) It is required to have issued at least one annual
report outlining its work and activities.
7) Its activities must be compatible with the stated
goals and objectives of its program.
8) The Chairperson of its Board of Directors, the
Chairperson of its General Assembly, its Director General or its Executive
Director must not occupy the following governmental positions: Minister,
Deputy Minister or Director General in a Ministry.
The Executive Committee considers applications for membership and
presents its recommendation to the General Assembly for approval by at least
two-thirds of the member organizations.
Suspension of Membership
The General Assembly can suspend or revoke the membership of any
organization in the following cases:
1. If the NGO in question does not abide by the
criteria of membership outlined above.
2. If it no longer embraces the goals and general
principles of the Network.
3. If it terminates its programs and activities.