REFORM discusses the development of tools for promoting social cohesion in refugee camps

The Palestinian Association for Local Empowerment and Development- REFORM implemented a three-day training workshop for youth activists from Nablus to discuss tools for promoting social cohesion among various community components within refugee camps.

Project Coordinator at REFORM, Ms. Rawan Sharqawi, stated that the project aims at establishing safe spaces that enhance the participation of youth activists, through developing their capacities to apply scientific methodologies in social development processes. These spaces also aim at enabling participants to develop social conversion tools to combat polarization and establish social incubators that deal with differences between individuals and groups as an added value that ensures pluralism within society.

The training focused on developing prospects for promoting social cohesion and bridging the gaps among community components within refugee camps in order to strengthen the state of civil peace in these areas. Moreover, analytical skills of participants were developed, thus, they became more aware of the socio-political environment in refugee camps as well as of the importance of their role in preserving the social fabric.

The workshop examined the state of civil peace and among various components within refugee camps, reflecting on the cultural and structural norms that regulate the relationship between refugees and non-refugees, residents in refugee camps and those in cities, and other contradictions and social differences and their impact on strengthening civil peace and social cohesion within society.

This session was implemented by the Civil Coalition for the Promotion of Civil Peace and the Rule of Law. Members of this Coalition are: The GIZ’s Civil Peace Service (CPS), the Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development – REFORM, Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC), ACT for Alternative Dispute Resolution and Studies, Palestinian Bar Association, Raya FM, Human Rights and Democracy Media Center - SHAMS and the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy – MIFTAH.

The Coalition seeks to enhance social harmony and to create a supportive environment to bridge the gaps amongst various components of society, promoting dialogue as a means to support a collective identity, civil harmony and the enforcement of law. To achieve this, the Coalition is working in partnership with official state bodies and various civil institutions to ensure the promotion of pluralism and equality within Palestinian society.