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2013-2014 Annual Report (in Hebew)

 

 

2012 Annual Report - The full article

 

 

2011 Annual Report

 

Israel-Palestine: Creative Regional Initiatives (IPCRI), is a nonprofit think tank that was established almost 30 years ago for combining research with peace-building and advocacy initiatives across Israel and Palestine. Our mission is to engage policymakers and the public at large in ending the occupation and promoting a just and sustainable solution to the conflict. Through our activities, we aim to develop impact-oriented partnerships that empower local communities and apply participatory approaches and public diplomacy in engaging with policy makers. 

IPCRI has two departments: Research and Information, and Sustainable Partnerships. Through its “Research and Information” projects, IPCRI aims to develop and advocate for practical political solutions to decision-makers and officials concerning the most divisive issues of the conflict such as Jerusalem, borders, economic relations, environmental concerns, and security.

IPCRI’s “Sustainable Partnerships” aim to transform the conflict into neighborly relations built upon mutual recognition and interests. We believe that impact-oriented partnerships between Palestinians and Israelis in a variety of fields can strengthen regional tolerance and foster a climate of peace, preparing the way for a safe and sustainable resolution to the conflict. We invest in economic, academic, professional, political, and personal relationships that further two central goals: mainstreaming Israeli-Palestinian interactions to fight racism and segregation, and developing trans-boundary capacity for long-term Israeli-Palestinian cooperation.

History

IPCRI was launched in 1988 to promote dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian civil society. In December 1987, after 20 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the Palestinian territories erupted in a mass popular revolt (the first Intifada) for freedom and for internal social and political reforms. The Intifada emerged from the most dispossessed part of Palestinian society, the refugee camps. It was in this political and social climate that the idea behind IPCRI, to build bridges of communication and cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian civil society, arose.

In March 1988, in the fourth month of the Intifada, Gershon Baskin, founder and former co-director of IPCRI, published advertisements in 3 Palestinian newspapers. The ads read:

"If you believe in the possibility of Palestinian-Israeli peace on the basis of a two state solution, if you believe that Palestinians and Israelis can work together on programs of active conflict resolution, if you're a person with initiative, a university graduate, and you're curious, call me"

The Intifada prompted a reassessment of the status quo and demonstrated the need to address the fundamental issue of how to bring about a peace process that would satisfy both the Palestinians' legitimate right of self-determination and Israel's legitimate security concerns. The advertisement prompted over 50 phone calls and numerous meetings between Israelis and Palestinians, producing the ideas, principles, and networks which would lead to the formation of IPCRI.

Departments

Research and Information:

Through our “Research and Information” projects, IPCRI aims to develop and advocate practical political solutions to decision-makers and officials concerning the most divisive issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict such as Jerusalem, borders, settlements, and security. We also aim to strengthen the support base for peace through our innovative ideas and Track II diplomacy efforts, which bring together prominent Israelis and Palestinians for joint cooperation. Our activities stimulate debate and inform the public about the possibilities for peace. They include research projects, roundtable discussions, conferences, and public forums, which encourage creative problem solving and promote mutual interests.

This branch of IPCRI is responsible for informing the public about all events and research undertaken by IPCRI. By providing video, audio, and textual information to the public, this department is fundamental in raising awareness about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and promoting a mutually acceptable peace agreement. IPCRI also provides a large database of information about IPCRI's past and present projects, provides updates and newsletters about recent events, and publicizes upcoming workshops, conferences, and meetings between Israelis and Palestinians.

Sustainable Partnerships:

IPCRI’s “Sustainable Partnerships” initiatives aim to develop and strengthen the public support for peace and cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians, as we believe that a just and sustainable resolution will only come about when there is public support. These initiatives have two main objectives: transforming the conflict and creating a shared environment. Our activities include both peace education and people-to-people conflict reconciliation programs, which help lay the foundation for post-conflict peace-building.

A large part of our peace-building work focuses on the environment. IPCRI’s Environment Department was founded in 1994 and aims to facilitate joint Israeli-Palestinian work on pressing environmental concerns as well as encourage sustainable development and understanding between the two peoples. This department focuses primarily on researching the effects of environmental degradation on Israel and Palestine, on the development of environmentally conscious infrastructure in the West Bank and Gaza, and on promoting the environmental benefits of cooperation between Israel and Palestine. The Center for Environment's projects help Palestinians build the sustainable and independent infrastructure that is a pre-requisite for a future state. IPCRI has most recently been involved in projects focused on climate change research in the Jordan Valley, agriculture in Gaza, water and sanitation in the northern West Bank, and solar energy in villages south of Hebron, improving Palestinian agricultural export abilities and increasing domestic food production through aquaponics.

Since its inception, the Environment Department has secured the active involvement of Israeli and Palestinian ministries and agencies, academics from all the major universities in Israel and Palestine, NGO representatives, and private businesspeople. Please contact us directly if you would like to learn more about our work or partnership opportunities.

 

Dear supporters,

Why donate to IPCRI?

  • If you want to contribute to an equitable, just and sustainable resolution of the Middle East conflict.
  • If you are concerned by the continued failure of all previous attempts at peace and believe in the efficiency of a bottom-up approach.
  • If you think that innovation, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking are necessary to break the deadlock between Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab world.

Then IPCRI is the place for you to support!

We have 25 years of experience behind us. It made us conscious of the current inextricability of the conflict, but most importantly allowed us to understand its underlying causes and ways to address them. Our impact-based peacebuilding projects initiated long-lasting changes of the ground reality. We brought thousands of Israelis and Palestinians together and continuously secure a channel of talks, negotiations and relations between Israelis and Palestinians.

Our projects aim at initiating productive dialogue, stimulating debate and implementing changes towards institutions, structures and attitudes favorable to peace.

 

We thank you for your continued support!

The IPCRI team

  

                                                                                    

Internships

IPCRI interns have the unique opportunity to both engage in policy-relevant research on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to meet with and engage many of the personalities that shape its dimensions.

IPCRI accepts interns throughout the year. Applications for internships are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are interested in working with IPCRI please indicate the dates you will be available. On average, potential interns apply up to half a year before their available dates. However, occasionally a place might open up shorter in advance.

Potential interns must meet the following requirements:

    • Interns must be able to stay with IPCRI for a minimum of three months, though longer availability is preferred.
    • Candidates should be enrolled in a graduate program relevant to IPCRI's field of activities.
    • Interns must be comfortable with working independently and taking on responsibility. IPCRI does not have a sufficient staff to supervise interns on a day-to-day basis.
    • Applicants must be able to write at an academic level in English. Knowledge of Russian is an asset.

Experience in fundraising and social media strategies as well as proficiency in Hebrew or Arabic are considered a plus. Please note that IPCRI's internships are not paid. IPCRI is not in the financial position to reimburse housing or travel costs.

IPCRI interns typically engage in the following kinds of work:

    • Organizing and attending IPCRI events, including meetings of the Strategic Thinking and Analysis Team (STAT), Wednesday Afternoon Public Meetings, the Economic Working Group, Peace Education Conferences, and others.
    • Administration:
      • Preparation for conferences
      • Reporting on events and project activities

Current openings are:

    • Research Internships. IPCRI is occasionally engaged in a variety of research projects, both independently and in cooperation with other institutions. The IPCRI staff can offer its wealth of knowledge and its access to an expansive network, but is often unable to closely monitor independent projects. Interns interested in doing research in a particular field should be prepared to manage themselves as IPCRI maintains a very open organizational structure. Applicants for a research internship should therefore have a proposal and an external academic tutor.
    • Fundraising. IPCRI is seeking experienced interns to contribute to writing grant applications and extending its network of partners. 
    • Shared internship in collaboration with The Forum for Regional Thinking. This internship gives the opportunity to gain experience in developing projects in a community level together with being a part of an emerging think tank dedicated to Middle East history and politics. 
    • Web designer. IPCRI plans to develop and re-design its website and thus seeks an intern experienced website-hosting platforms.
    • IPCRI is notably, but not exclusively, looking for native Russian speakers.

Applying:

    • To apply for an internship, send your resume, dates of availability, and answers to the two questions below to: office@ipcri.org. Please specify either the position you are applying for or your range of interests.
      • What do you seek to gain from your internship at IPCRI?
      • Which of your qualifications should we keep in mind while evaluating your application?
    • Please keep your answers to both questions under 500 words (total for both).
    • If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: office@ipcri.org