In times of conflict, it is highly important to identify spaces where cooperation and partnerships are taking place on a regular basis. These spaces can become a platform for improving the general relations and become a model for a better future. As a city shared by both Israelis and Palestinians, where both communities share public spaces and are forced to see their interdependence, Jerusalem can highlight spaces of interaction and become a laboratory for improving the relations between the communities. Thus, over the last years we initiated several projects focusing on the future of this city. These projects combined research, community mapping and organizing and the articulation of policy recommendations and included leading delegations to other contested cities. Our key policy recommendations and findings where presented in November 2019 in our In Between Conference.
Divided Cities Forum
Conflicts in divided cities affect local residents’ daily lives and impact the politics at the national level. However, while the future of Jerusalem is uncertain, in the cases of Belfast or Cyprus a settlement has been reached. This program aims to deliver lessons from other cases of divided cities, especially Belfast and Cyprus, to local activists in Jerusalem. This initiative equips activists from both sides with the knowledge and tools needed to reach a stable consensus.
Building Visions for Jerusalem
In this project, IPCRI aims to engage local communities in participatory processes that will illuminate their current interlinks and point to potential areas of agreement for the future. In partnership with the Hebrew University, we are mapping local needs and are developing working groups for creating local interventions. Among these interventions are placemaking projects and projects focused on empowering women and their presence in public spaces.
Creating Hope Through Action
Sinsila Center wishes to produce a new model for urban sustainability in East Jerusalem. Through combining environmental education and hands on courses, we wish to improve the local environment through promoting the environmental justice and community empowerment, necessary for creating a sense of belonging and agency to lead change.