In partnership with MIFTAH, REFORM carries out a training workshop on facilitating dialogue and public debate sessions

With the participation of 18 youth activists from different Palestinian governorates, and in partnership with the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy- MIFTAH, REFORM carried out a 3-day training workshop on facilitating dialogue and public debate sessions. This activity took place at the Innovation Hub in Ramallah and aimed at providing the participants with the knowledge and skills they need to facilitate dialogues and public debates in order to lobby at the decision making level for the formulation of policies that are responsive to their needs.

The workshop focused on creating a group of youth leaders who are able to voice out multiple issues that concern them before decision makers through developing their leadership and facilitation skills and enabling them to conduct dialogue and public debate sessions. Moreover, the workshop introduced participants to the main strategies of dialogue and public debate sessions, as well as the basic skills, techniques and guidelines for facilitators. Moreover, participants were trained on using questions and discussions to facilitate dialogues and public debate sessions, and handling difficulties, differences and obstructions during public debates.

The Project Coordinator at the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy - MIFTAH, Hasan Mahareeq, stated that investing in youth leaders by capacitating them and providing them with the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate dialogue sessions empowers them them to take leadership roles in public life. In doing so, they are able to discuss their needs and issues with decision a maker, which, in turn, enhances their participation in the formulation of public policies that respond to their needs.

Participant, Anas Qabaj said that: “this workshop has helped us a lot, because many of us are conducting and facilitating public debates that serve our needs as marginalized youth, especially now, as we are heading towards an important stage in the Palestinian cause.” He added that: “this workshop has provided us with the facilitation skills needed and created an impact -on a personal level- by providing us with analytical skills that allowed us to rethink various concept and socio-cultural norms”

This activity is part of the Innovation Hub – Sociocultural Platform which seeks to contribute to bridging the gaps between the various community components on both social and economic levels; providing a safe and interactive platform to enable all members of different groups of society to participate in decision making processes, especially youth and women; and to improve their living conditions by developing untraditional production patterns, enhancing cooperation and partnership between targets groups, and increasing social responsibility of the private sector.

 This work has been achieved with Facilitating Social Participation of Palestinian Refugees – GIZ implemented on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).