Innovation Hub – Sociocultural Platform project

Our “Sociocultural Platform” project fosters a culture of harmony & social innovation

Innovation Hub – Sociocultural Platform project

Our “Sociocultural Platform” project fosters a culture of harmony & social innovation

Innovation Hub logo

“SOCIOCULTURAL PLATFORM” PROJECT

The Innovation Hub

From January 2018 until June 2018

About

If you want to dream of the world you want to live in, dream out loud!

The Innovation Hub – “Sociocultural Platform” project built on the achievements of REFORM’s “Hand-in-Hand” project. This project allowed women and youth to connect with their peers.

Women and youth developed skills and new interests as a stepping stone to become deeply engaged in social and cultural reform. Thus, the gabs between the different components of Palestinian society are bridged.

Through this project, the target groups were essential actors in finding solutions to the issues facing them daily. Specifically, through using participatory platforms to inspire community led actions, physically and digitally in social and political spheres.

Moreover, they were engaged in analytical reflection processes of their socio-cultural discourse. This analytical reflection helped them to reconstruct self-narratives. In doing so, they were able to create joint understanding and tackle problems collaboratively in order to achieve social change.

a female group of the sociocultural platform project beneficiaries gathering around the upcycling cart.

Objectives

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Empower ...

… and build the capacities of women and youth to deeply engage in the decision-making processes and the labor market.

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Enhance ...

… social accountability, and establish partnerships in the community – especially with grassroots organizations.

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Capacitate ...

… youth to lead socio-political dialogues and debate with their representatives. .

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Provide ...

youth with a sociocultural platform to host radio episodes on the Hub’s radio station.

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Educate and empower ...

… the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators with the knowledge and skills needed to overcome the cultural and structural barriers.

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Promote ...

… intergenerational participation within Palestinian society

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Establish ...

… youth watchdog groups to monitor public policies’ responsiveness to their needs and hold decision-makers accountable.

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Engage ...

… youth in direct dialogue with decision-makers and advocate for their needs over various mediums.

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Establish ...

… a sub-hub that focuses on up-cycling processes in the area of Aida Refugee Camp in Hebron in order to build a network of creative minds.

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Change ...

… the way in which different groups of society view and interact with one another through engaging them in various forms of social transformation processes.

Interview of a female beneficiary about the Innovation Hub-Sociocultural Platform project
 a group of young women chatting during the  Innovation Hub-Sociocultural Platform project

Outcomes

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Women and youth are able to engage in dialogue with decision-makers and affect policy changes.

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Watchdog groups are able to hold decision makers accountable to the community needs.

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Youth skills in political debate and discussion are improved using a sociocultural platform.

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Youth and women are more aware of the forces that hinder their full participation in the developmental processes.

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Community relations across different social fault lines are strengthened.

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Youth groups are aware of the asymmetry of power and are able to challenge and transform it.

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Refugees and people from C Area have the possibility to voice out their needs.

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A supportive culture is established. This culture is capable of understanding how structure affects the development of Palestinian society and therefore capable of transcending it.

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Enhanced self-awareness of subconscious attitudes and stereotypes that promote fragmentation in Palestinian society, mainly with regards to women inclusion.

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Youth and women deeply engage in analyses of the social structures that regulate the relationships between various social components.

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Palestinian media allows more spaces and provides outlets for the targeted groups to address their needs and daily issues.

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Enhanced partnership and coordination between the general public, official bodies and the media.

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Increased public access to information and opportunities to voice their needs, through physical and virtual platforms.

The first step towards change is awareness!

Social TransfoRmation

The Innovation Hub – “Sociocultural Platform” is strongly connected to our Social Transformation Program.

German cooperation logo, a partner of the project
giz logo, a partner of the project
Reform Logo - initiator of the project
German cooperation logo, a partner of the project
giz logo, a partner of the project
Reform Logo - initiator of the project
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