Fighting inequality for themselves
Five villages in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are using a different approach to resilience for their communities. Women, men and youth in the villages decide on what they see as the main challenges and threats – and then receive direct control over cash grants to act on their own. “It was important for us to implement the project ourselves. It was not done by an NGO or by some company –
it was done by us! A lot of work was done voluntarily and nobody tried to make a profit. What was saved by choosing a good tender and by voluntary work, we could spent on more projects.”
The project, implemented by the East Jerusalem YMCA with support from DCA, Church of Sweden and Christian Aid—all ACT members—found that less outside control over the project led to more and better results.
Each volunteer protection group generates ideas to respond to key risks faced Once priorities and actions are agreed upon, the volunteers get direct access to by their community after extensive consultation with community members.
“We have never worked together like this. Before we just had our individual worries and concerns… Developing the action plan and then taking joint action has been the key to our success. The cash grants made it possible to take the first important steps and then use that to bring in other voluntary contributions.”