Partnerships for Peace : INGO – NNGO Partnerships in the Palestinian Peacebuilding Process

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This thesis focuses on the workings of International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGO) and National Non-Governmental Organizations (NNGO) in the co-operational form known as a partnership. Partnerships between NNGOs and INGOs are a relatively new form of co-operation between organizations, in which the involved organizations create a different relationship in comparison to the most common way of collaboration, namely the donor-receiver relationship. Instead of the situation where the INGO functions as the donor and the NNGO as the receiver, thus solely responsible for the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation, a partnership calls for collaboration on all aspects of a project. Both organizations contribute to the partnership according to their available resources, which range from financial support, expertise, and knowledge. Both organizations are involved in the partnership project from the beginning to end, agreeing on the responsibilities each organization has in conducting the project and reaching the aims and goals agreed upon. Partnerships have been researched before this thesis, from which general ideas and theories on partnerships have been published. The situation, however, in which a partnership is conducted is not as general or universal, based on the difference between each conflicting situation. To create better understanding in the discrepancy between the existing literature and the situation in reality, a case study is chosen to acknowledge whether or not the existing theories can be put against a certain situation. The situation in this thesis is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the partnership chosen as a case study is between War Child and CCRR, who together implement a project within the West Bank, focusing on peace education to adolescents between 12 and 18. The main idea of this thesis is to being able to conclude whether or not the rhetoric of the how and what of a partnership can be applied to the reality of a partnership in the complex Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Next to this comparison comes the idea whether or not the use of a partnership between an NNGO and INGO is a profound way for NGOs to co-operate. After looking at the partnership more closely, we turn to see whether the partnership collaboration does affect or contribute to the ongoing peacebuilding process in the West Bank. This is done according to the ideas on peacebuilding taken from the ideas and theories of scholars on the positive or negative influence of NGO participation in the peacebuilding process. This will show us whether NGO involvement through partnerships does or does not influence or affect the outcome or workings of the peacebuilding process on the short or long term.
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