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Pal-Think for Strategic Studies

A think and do tank

Gaza, Palestine

PalThink for Strategic Studies is an independent non-profit, non-political, non-governmental and non-sectarian think and do tank that aims to stimulate and inspire rational public discussions and consensus for the well-being of the Palestinians and the Region. It gives a clear platform for constructive debate and abundant research regarding the Palestinian and regional issues.

Pal-Think was established in 2007 in Gaza-Palestine by a group of Palestinian researchers and community activists who have intimate relations and diverse knowledge of the Middle East, its current problems, potentials and possibilities. There were more than 200 researchers, authors, politicians, activists either presented papers or moderated sessions and conferences organized by PalThink. Along its work, PalThink built a huge network and relations with various local and international institutions besides working with all segments walks of life.

Vision:
To be a leading think and do tank in Palestine and in the Middle East that contributes to the building of a free and modern Palestinian state and democratic society.

Mission Statement:
To promote peace, freedom and prosperity through debate on public issues, and produce policy recommendations to the decision makers in Palestine and Middle East.  PalThink aims to perform constructive and facilitative roles in the rationalization of public discussions, thinking and decision processes, and improves the Palestinians’ life quality by promoting innovative development solutions that challenges mainstream thinking on politics, economics and social issues.

Target image:
PalThink for Strategic Studies is ambitious to be:

  • Highly credible and effective scholarly research center.
  • Attractive to those who have an idea that needs further researching and exploration.
  • A place that provides a supportive incubator to the liberal, free and diversified thoughts and ideas.
  • A place that produces policy recommendations that attract the attention and the respect of the private sector, governments and civil society institutions.

Board of Directors:
PalThink’s board of directors includes three good governors dedicate their efforts for the improvement and development of the guiding principles of PalThink’s work. Each year PalThink holds its annual assembly for the purpose of electing the directors of the coming year, and accepts the annual financial statement and the budget. 

Focus Areas:
1) Politics and Governance, PalThink focuses on issues such as:

  • The current and future political system in Palestine.
  • The Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
  • The democratization of the Palestinian political system.

 2) Economic Studies, PalThink focuses on issues such as:

  • Promoting the values of free economy, property rights and individual choice.
  • Developmental programs in the Palestinian territories
  • Maximizing the benefit of the intentional aid.
  • Enhancing the regional cooperation.

 3) Social issues, Pal Think focuses on issues such as:

  • Reinforcing cooperation and the acceptance of the other.
  • Reinforcing social values like reconciliation and tolerance among the Palestinians. 
  • Entertainment projects for the children.

Projects and Publications:

– Reconciliation and Community:

Over the last few years, the Palestinian reconciliation has been one of the most crucial issues that concerns the Palestinian society and affects the course of the political developments.  In July 2007, Pal Think for strategic studies initiated with self financing a series of meetings which led to the production of its first policy paper “Emerging from the internal crisis…A road map for reconciliation”. Further efforts were exerted through implementing various projects for the same purpose; achieving the Palestinian reconciliation. PalThink’s neutral position facilitates hosting both of the major contradicting political parties, Hamas and Fatah, and bring their views closer. Along four years, four projects were set up in this regard in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). 

  • Engaging the community into the process of reconciliation (2008)
  • Continuing efforts towards reconciliation” Touching on core issue” (2008)
  • Empowering the community in the Palestinian National Reconciliation (2009)
  • Influential Confidence Building between Decision Makers and the Community (2010)
  • Restoring the Cooperation Amongst Community Actors Towards a Reconciled and Civilized Society (2011)

– Face the public:

Based on its goal of preparing a ground for a democratic Palestinian state, PalThink launched “Face the Public” program in which both decision makers and different spectrums of the Palestinian society gather at the same place to discuss and exchange their points of views. This program hosted a group of personages such as: John Ging, Director of UNRWA operations Gaza; Mr. Tony Blair, envoy of the quartet; Christian Berger, Representative of EU in opt; Yasser Othman, the Egyptian ambassador to the PA and Dr. Naser el Qidaw, previous PA envoy to the UN. The projects of this area were carried out in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung(FES). 

  • Towards a diversified, democratic and institutionalized Political system in Palestine (2010) 
  • Advancing Democracy in Palestine (2011)

Youth and Women Empowerment:

Both youth and women are in the priority of PalThink activities as those targeted groups have a significant role in the development of the Palestinian society in all fields. PalThink considers gender quality and women empowerment to ensure their equal participation in public debate and decision making. This course was implemented in cooperation with Atlas Economic Research Foundation and Fraser Institute.

  • Promoting Free Markets and Entrepreneurship in the Gaza Strip (2010)
  • Women can do it too!! Empowering Women through Business Creation (2009)

Culture and knowledge:

Following up its  work in deepening the debate and the awareness around the core issues, PalThink bears in mind the importance of informing and raising the awareness toward the future political system in Palestine. The projects in this regard include sessions, seminars and conferences that analyze and put clear visions to the Palestinian political system. They were organized in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

  • Enriching Political Public Debate (2009)

– Edward Said Forum:

It’s the cultural forum of PalThink where intellectuals and academics gather to discuss and tackle the developments in the Palestinian question and the region. It is self-financed forum aims at stimulating rational discussion and constructive debate.

– Papers and publications:

  • The production of policy paper “Emerging from the present Palestinian crisis: A Road map towards exit” (2007)
  • Two Years since Sharm Elsheikh Donors Conference Reconstruction of Gaza Strip has not Resumed Yet (2011)
  • Understanding the Ongoing Israeli Political Atmosphere (2010)
  • The Possibility of a Third Palestinian Current (2009)
  • The Impact of International aid to the Palestinians (2009)
  • The new American Administration and Horizons of Achieving Peace in the Middle East (2009)
  • Reconstructing Gaza: Deepening the Division or Heeling the Rift (2009)
  • Can the Upcoming Elections Resolve The Crisis of the Palestinian Political System? (2009)
  • Europe… Horizons of the Dialogue with Hamas (2009)
  • The new Israeli government…is there any chance for peace? (2009)
  • Ardogan of Turkey…a new political vision (2009)

 Pal Think fundraising capacity since its establishment in 2007:

Year Project funding budget in $US
2007 The production of policy paper “Emerging from the present Palestinian crisis: A Road map towards exit” Full self financing 7,243
2008 Engaging the community into the process of reconciliation  FDFA 35,000
Continuing efforts towards reconciliation” Touching on core issue” FDFA
2009 Empowering the community in the Palestinian National Reconciliation  FDFA 42,000
Enriching Political Public Debate (2009)  FES 12,500
Women can do it too!! Empowering Women through Business Creation (2009) Fraser institute 12,000
2010 Influential Confidence Building between Decision Makers and the Community (2010)  FDFA 45,000
Promoting Free Markets and Entrepreneurship in the Gaza Strip (2010) Atlas 2,500
Towards a diversified, democratic and institutionalized Political system in Palestine (2010)  FES 30,000
2011 Restoring the Cooperation Amongst Community Actors Towards a Reconciled and Civilized Society FDFA 52,000
Advancing Democracy in Palestine FES 20,500