(Grant) Grassroots mobilization towards improved emergency responsiveness and slum upgrading in East Jerusalem
West Bank and Gaza Territories
The project is targeting the areas which were cut out from the borders of Jerusalem Municipality after constructing the separation Wall. The available data about the urban conditions in these areas are neither sufficient nor accurate, therefore, this project is aiming at collecting and establishing a data base which will enable the local communities in these areas to use factual data as an advocacy tool to proactively engage decision makers and donors towards responsive action to the identified emergency and developmental community.
Support enhancing the quality of the living environment of the Palestinian communities living in the emerging four neighbourhoods behind the separation wall around Jerusalem, and provide more accurate and reliable data that will help in advocating for better provision of social and physical infrastructure.
Production of a Community Atlas 1.1 Activity: Mapping the existing stakeholders, identifying the institutional structure, establish partnerships with relevant institutions and stakeholder, mainly the local councils in the four neighbourhoods as the owner of the project and who will own and utilized the produced data. 1.2 Activity: Produce an assessment study for each of the communities. 1.3 Activity: Produce dynamic information graphic data platform for use by local stakeholders in advocacy work 1.4 Activities: Compile infographics of the four targeted communities in one comprehensive atlas for use of policy makers Forming a community based Monitoring System 2.1 Activity: Forming four local committees operating as a “living system” where citizens act as sensors of bottom-up feedback. The activity will include mapping of the key actors and stakeholders in the four areas and establishing communication and coordination mechanisms to facilitate outreach to the committees enabling better understanding of the on-the-ground conditions in the targeted areas, and ensure continuous updates 2.2 Activity: Building the capacity of the local committees through training and a provision of digital communication systems (i.e mobile, SMS-based systems, and GPS-enabled phones) Development of Upgrading Frameworks 3.1 Activity: Conduct four workshops to identify priority problems in each community 3.2 Activity: Conduct public meetings to present, discuss, and agree on the priorities 3.3 Activity: Development of strategic framework for informal neighbourhood upgrading in the four selected areas. 3.4 Activity: Disseminate final report on the priority problems and the strategic framework for each area Component Capacity Building of Local Stakeholders 4.1 Activities: Conduct training workshops to local community stakeholders in the use of infographics and electronic platforms, keeping them updated, and utilizing them for policy dialogue with decision makers and donors. 4.2 Activity: Produce a position paper that is widely endorsed by local stakeholders (CBOs, NGOs working in targeted localities, committees, local councils, etc…) on the importance of using produced data platforms and tools for upgrading the identified informal neighbourhoods
Expected Impacts and Results
Stakeholders effectively using factual data on key urban issues as an advocacy tool to proactively engage decision makers and donors towards responsive action to the identified emergency and development needs, leading to upgrading these neighborhoods, providing them with the proper infrastructure, and as a result enhance the quality of their living environment.