Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development (NISPED)

National Network

Henrietta Szold Street 4
Beersheva 00000

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Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
Fields of Activity
  1. Democracy and community development
General Information
NISPED, the Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development, is a non-profit association which promotes peace and development, focusing on the centrality of the civil society. NISPED serves as a center for education, training and project development for societies in transition. NISPED employs 40 full time staff and an additional 100 people in part-time positions in its diverse projects. NISPED's annual budget is three million dollars and funding sources include private foundations, foreign governments and the Israeli government. NISPED develops and implements tens of concrete projects in the Negev region of Israel, primarily in the Negev Bedouin community or in the field of Jewish-Arab cooperation and shared society building. NISPED partners with other organizations/networks/initiatives both locally and nationally including Musharaka, Kulanana, Shutafut Sharakah, Shatil, Hirarkuna, local councils, municipalities, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and local colleges.
Mission and Objectives

NISPED's mission is the promotion of peace and development, focusing on the centrality of the civil society. NISPED serves as a center for education, training and project development for societies in transition: • From conflict to conflict resolution • From oppressive systems of governance to democracies with human rights • From poverty and dependence to social and economic advance • From minority exclusion to minority inclusion NISPED includes three major divisions: • AJEEC – The Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation which focuses on the Arab citizens of Israel and Jewish-Arab relations. • NISPED Middle East – through people to people processes, the division focuses on conflict resolution, economic empowerment and education for peace in the Middle East. • NISPED Cooperative Development – focuses on sustainable human development, economic empowerment and the promotion and development of cooperatives in Israel and developing countries.

Main Projects / Activities

NISPED's Arab Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation (AJEEC) works with Jewish and Arab populations to create a more just Israel in which both populations will enjoy equal civil and human rights. AJEEC works in four fields running tens of projects: Community Empowerment, Economic Development, Health Promotion, and Arab-Jewish Cooperation. Examples include the Arab Bedouin Volunteer Center (700 volunteers), Parents as Partners – Mother led quality day care, Early Childhood Resource and Training Center, the Community Health Promotion Program for Arab Bedouin Women and Children, and the Arab-Jewish Volunteer year Program .

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

NISPED-AJEEC has more than a decade of experience in Israel working in the ALF network's fields. We believe that we will be able to contribute our experience, knowledge and connections to the Network in our country.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

The ALF network's main purpose, namely promoting, mutual respect between cultures is a perfect match with NISPED-AJEEC's main purpose and mission and we believe that we can contribute to the network's activities and the network can also contribute to helping us achieve our goals.

Contact (1) Full Name
Zimra Vigoda
Head of the organisation
Vivian Silver and Amal Elsana Alh'jooj
Contact (2) Full Name
Sarit Berenstein