Support to the Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA) 2012-2015

Project completed
Recreational activities for children from Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip, ©CFTA

Support to civil society organisations that offer platforms for Palestinian women and men to participate in public life and advocate for their concerns is crucial to ensure citizens’ participation in a pluralistic and democratic society. SDC partnership with The Culture and Free Thought Association in Khan Younis (Gaza) enables the institution to implement community development initiatives with youth (male and female) and other underprivileged groups in the impoverished and conservative Khan Younis area of Gaza.

  

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Palestinian Authority
Education
Human rights
Conflict & fragility
Basic life skills
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Conflict prevention
15.12.2012 - 31.12.2015
CHF 1'229'808
Background

CFTA is a unique grassroots organisation that operates in an area of high poverty, political division, siege, and oppression trying to give space for citizens to express themselves and cope with the difficult circumstances.

Objectives

Children, adolescents, youth and women have access to community development initiatives which promote and entrench the values of rights, equality and mutual engagement.

Target groups

Children, teenagers, youth, women, with a special focus on marginalised and underprivileged groups in the Khan Younis area.

Medium-term outcomes
  • HIV/AIDS awareness initiative implemented across the Gaza Strip despite the taboo of the topic.
  • Participation of 600 young men and women in 2011 in CFTA blogging and leadership program.
  • 520 children benefited from the educational program.
  • Institutional capacity building: rotation of junior level position within the organisation and training of some staff.
  • CFTA annual budget became more realistic, with room for further consolidation.

 

Results

Expected results:  

  • Debates on social issues are enhanced and are a basis for increased tolerance.
  • Violence against women in targeted communities is reduced.
  • 80 youth empowered to have a say within the community.
  • CFTA internal management, including financial management, improved.


Results from previous phases:  

  • HIV/AIDS awareness initiative implemented across the Gaza Strip despite the taboo of the topic.
  • Participation of 600 young men and women in 2011 in CFTA blogging and leadership program.
  • 520 children benefited from the educational program.
  • Institutional capacity building: rotation of junior level position within the organisation and training of some staff.
  • CFTA annual budget became more realistic, with room for further consolidation.

 


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner


Other partners

CFTA cooperates with a large variety of partners and within networks in the Gaza Strip as well as internationally, especially in joint advocacy efforts with civil society organisations in human rights, women’s issues, and culture.

Coordination with other projects and actors

In line with the SCO strategy of promoting solid and vibrant civil society organisations in Gaza that provide suitable platforms to citizens. Supportive of the forthcoming intervention promoting the participation of the citizens in the local authority’s policies and decisions.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   1'229'808 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   1'229'808
Project phases Phase 7 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2018   (Completed)

Phase 6 15.12.2012 - 31.12.2015   (Completed)