" Publish Date :
2011- December 2013
details (West Bank):
Box 2322, Ramallah, Palestine
of the PNGO office: Al-Masyoun-Sabat Bldg. 1st
Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations’ Network
PNGO was established in September 1993, with the objective of
enhancing coordination, consultation and cooperation between member
organizations working in different developmental domains. Because of the
security measurements imposed by the Israel which divided Gaza Strip (GS) and
West Bank (WB) into disconnected areas, PNGO adopted to continue its work
through its two main offices in GS and WB. These offices are managed by two
Coordination Committees elected by the general assembly which represents PNGO
members. PNGO carry out its activities through different committees from its
members working in the following five main sectors: health, democracy and human
rights, women and children, rehabilitation and agriculture. Any NGO can join
PNGO once it meets a set of criteria. PNGO role is to establish general
guidelines and coordinate the NGOs work but has no line authority on the
NGOs. At present, PNGO boasts of
135 national NGOs in the West Bank and
Gaza Strip that work across sectors in different developmental
During the past fifteen years PNGO has become an important
component of the Palestinian society. PNGO has become an important reference and
mechanism for coordinating the Non-Governmental sector. It has succeeded in
establishing relations with different civil society organizations, such as the
‘Palestinian Union of Charitable Societies’, the ‘National Institute for NGOs’,
the various Palestinian Political Parties and the Professional
PNGO is a coordination body for the NGO sector in Palestine with
the purpose of strengthening the Palestinian civil society and contributing to
the establishment of the Palestinian state based on the principles of democracy,
social justice, rule of law, tolerance, and respect of human rights through
networking, building-up the capacity of NGOs, developing information management
center and mainstreaming of society concerns into public policies, plans and
a network, PNGO works to influence decision-makers in a manner that ensures that
all laws, legislations and policies are directed towards creating a legal
environment that is responsive to the development needs of the Palestinian
people, and the creation of sustainable human development policies. In doing so, PNGO encourages the local
and grassroots organizations in debates concerning the fundamentals of
development, democratic governance as well as other global development
The NGO sector in
Palestine, and The Palestinian NGO Network as one of its major forces, believe
that one of the keys to success for any organization or body is coordination and
networking. PNGO asserts that structured networking efforts help the member
organizations to join forces, avoid duplication, and agree on common political
and social visions. In this context, PNGO promotes coordination, cooperation and
consultation not only among Palestinian NGOs, but also between the Palestinian
NGO sector and the different bodies of the Palestinian society. The
establishment of a common platform becomes even more vital while witnessing the
current political segregation and ever more increased travel impediments between
the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. At the same time PNGO is engaged in
a wider process of enhancing civil society coordination and strengthening
process. PNGO was instrumental in developing a forum of civil society
organizations that is meant to present an independent voice of civil society in
Palestine. As a matter of fact the civil society forum is crucial in addressing
issues like democratic and social transformation and forwarding the agenda of
reform at all levels
A leading civil society network
that plays primary role in developing a civil society that is independent, free
of occupation and sustainable where Palestinians enjoy democracy, tolerance,
dignity, social justice, rule of law and respect of human
PNGO is a coordination
framework for the NGO sector in Palestine that has a developmental vision
towards; empowering and protecting the autonomy of the CS, consolidating its role
in the national struggle and democratization process,based on the principles of
democracy, social justice, rule of law and respect for human rightsthrough;
lobbying public opinion, mainstreaming of society
concerns into public policies, plans and programs,
contributing to mobilizing civil society resources and consolidating coordination and
Empowering and protecting the
autonomy of the Palestinian civil society, consolidating its role
in the national struggle and democratization process based on the principles of
democracy, social justice, rule of law, tolerance, and respect of human
overall goal is to reinforce the role played by NGOs through contributing to the
development and empowerment of civil society within an independent democratic
Palestinian state based on the principles of democracy, social justice, and
respect for human rights
PNGO believes that the above-mentioned goal can be achieved
by addressing the following objectives:
Objective I: To contribute to
the national resistance to end the occupation and to defend the legitimate
national rights of the Palestinian people.
Work Strategies: Promoting the
role of PNGO
Promoting PNGO’s role in
supporting the BDSmovement.
PNGO’s role in the Palestinian grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, the
siege, the settlements, and normalization with the Israeli
for popular international campaigns in support of the Palestinian
developing the legal dimensions of Israel’s violation of International Law (war
crimes, settlements, land confiscation, house demolitions) against the
role of civil society organizations in Jerusalem.
Contributeto protecting the rights of refugees in conjunction with
UN Resolution 194.
Objective II: To contribute to the retrieval of the
Palestinian national unity.
- Contributing to strengthening the social fabric of the
- Advocating for a media discourse which calls for national
- Increasing communication between Palestinians inside the West
Bank, the Gaza Strip, and the Diaspora.
- Promoting tolerance and the acceptance of difference within the
social fabric of the Palestinian community.
Objective III: To contribute to protecting public
liberties and citizens’ rights.
- Advocating for a unified democratic legal national media
discourse that calls for the respect of public
- Creating and developing coalitions and alliances in civil
- Utilizing the competencies of civilsociety in defendingthe rights
and freedoms of individual citizens.
- Advocating and lobbying in order to safeguard public and
IV: To contribute to the
mainstreamingof societal concerns into
public by employing policies, legislations, plans and programs in a way that
feeds into strengthening the
steadfastness of the Palestinian people and serves into protecting the rights
and interests of the poor and marginalized populations.
- Further developing the vision of civil society’s perspective on
development for a just society.
- Mobilizing the capacities of the local community to participatein
advocating for public issues of concern to the society as
- Developing and activating coordination between the sectors.
- Urging the Authority to provide services on the basis of equality
and social justice.
- Encouraging the donors to respond to the priorities and needs of
Objective V: To protect the autonomy of the civil
society work (on the national and international levels), to empower it and
toconsolidateits role in the establishment of an independent
and democraticPalestinian state.
non-governmental organizations’ knowledge of the laws relating to
up and documenting the violations of the law of charities and non-governmental
the organizations whose litigation rights have been
mobilize, and impact decision makers to advocate for the respect of public and
VI: To enhance the organizational
capacities of PNGO and promote coordination and cooperation among PNGO sectors
on the one hand, and between the sectors and the different bodies on the
national, regional and international levels.
and activating the process of sectoral planning.
transparency, accountability and good governance principles among civil society organizations
Improving the cognitive efficiency of
PNGO by enhancing the performance, and leadership skills of its
Improved communication mechanisms among
the PNGO general assembly and steering committee in the West Bank and Gaza
developing and expanding NGOs’ participation in forums, networks, local and
Arabic federations, and international coalitions that share the Network's vision
and promoting financial sustainability. ?
and improving the administrative, financial and information
is guided in its work by a number of values and principles:
regards it as important that the NGO sector should be accountable,
transparent, and committed to the sector’s mission.
believes in accountability with regard to all internal structural levels: The
coordination office is accountable to the Steering Committee, the Steering
Committee to the General Assembly and the General Assembly to the partner NGOs
and the community at large.
work is based on transparent administrative and financial systems which
stipulate the production of regular administrative and financial reports.
is guided by the Network’s clear mission which states that the national
developmental roles of NGOs should complement the building of a democratic
Palestinian civil society based on social justice, the sovereignty of law and
the respect for human rights.
believes in joint leadership and teamwork, with decisions being made in a
process of consultation among all the parties involved.
believes in equal partnerships with its international partners and in
discussions that are based on equality and mutual respect.