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CIVITAS INSTITUTE

National Network: 
Palestine
Address: 
Remal Avenue, alAmin Square – alKhortoum St.; abu Shahla Building– 2nd Floor
Gaza
Telephone: 
+970 2865 058
Telephone (other): 
+970 8 2848504
Fax: 
+970 8 2848504
Mobile Phone: 
+970 599 416 910
Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
2001
General Information: 

• Civitas has 7 board members.
• Civitas has 28 members of general assembly.
• Civitas has 15 employees.
2. Budgetary: $ 100,000 a year.
3. Sources of funding:
• National Endowment of Democracy (NED).
• U.S. AID
• PNA
• SIDA through Olof Palme Center in partnership with Broderskap International

Mission and Objectives: 

CIVITAS is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Gaza. CIVITAS was established in June 2001 as an initiative of democrats, young community leaders, journalists, activists, human rights and civil society advocators.CIVITAS Goals:
•Increase community awareness about civic issues towards expanding and deepening democratic practices, principles, and behaviors.
•Develop local leaders in order to have a major role in creating future leaders.
•Building the capacity of the Palestinian institutions and strengthening the relations between different sectors of the Palestinian society.
•Support different civil initiatives and networking them in order to link between community civil bases.
•Provide civic forums and platforms for community leaders and their grassroots towards achieving consensus.
•Take part in readiness for independent media by supporting helpful efforts and attitudes towards that.

Main Projects / Activities: 

•CIVITAS is currently accomplishing a one year project funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to educate 5000 Palestinians in voter education and to select 50 volunteers among CBO's to create a network to work of the election of the local municipalities that took place during 2005; the project also carried out post election activities like panel discussions and public meetings between the elected representatives and their constituents , the project was renewed to conduct similar activities of voter education, election monitoring, and post-election activities in the rest of the local units that will receive local elections next year 2006.
.CIVITAS is carrying out a project to address the reform issue through increasing the public awareness about the "Illegal Profits Law" and to carry out a public campaign through holding 90 workshop sessions for the grassroots in all Gaza District that targeting variety of beneficiaries precisely women and youth

Contact (1) Full Name: 
Maher Issa, Director General
Head of the organisation: 
Dr. Abdalluh alNajjar (Chairman)
Contact (2) Full Name: 
Fatma al-Shurafa, Deputy Director