Welcome at the hbs Palestine & Jordan

Protecting and expanding civil society space nationally and internationally

In the last years we have witnessed that freedom of speech and movement has come under attack. The space for civil society is shrinking - not only in the Middle East, but all over the world, even in well-developed countries.

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Berlin has compiled a webdossier discussing this subject, which will be enlarged and expanded over time. You will find thematic articles as well as regional examples. Please have a look.

Democracy & Human Rights

Dear students,

The Middle East is in disarray, millions of refugees are fleeing Syria, Iraq and other countries for safer shores. Palestinian refugees in these countries are being uprooted again and search for a secure haven. Migrants are wandering in search of opportunities and a future. How do MENA countries cope with this situation and what does it mean for Europe? These and more questions will be discussed in the “Global Politics Fall School” in Jordan. The school is organized jointly by the German-Jordanian University in Amman and the Center for Global Politics in Freie Universität Berlin. It will take place between 1 to 12 of October 2016 in Amman, Jordan.

Are you interested? Then sign up for the Fall School. Hurry up, the deadline is the 21st of September. For more information contact our office.

Protest against the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Barbara Unmüßig correlates the Olympics with Brazil’s institutional, political and economic crisis. Did the organizers learn a lesson from the World Cup in 2014?

 Alhudood.net is an Arabic satirical news platform, founded in July 2013. Alhudood publishes political and social satire in the form of fabricated news material. Hbs implement a short term project in partnership with Al hudood during 2016 to train 15 youth on the satirical writing skills in addition to publish 125 articles and 10 caricatures 

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Newest Publications

The Middle Eastern and Northern African (MENA) region, faced with tumultuous changes in the last five years, shows a picture of shrinking spaces for civil society activism. In contrast, ecological activism is growing and connecting the fight for climate justice to other demands for community and indigenous rights, gender equality, democracy and transparency.

Environmental Justice


Women in Palestine are disproportionately affected by the lack of access to sanitation and adequate quantities of safe water. The research aimed to improve the empowerment of communities and individuals (mainly women) in the Palestinian urban areas on the acceptance of the reuse of treated wastewater. Research was carried out at Ein Qinyia village in Ramallah about whether or not training women can increase their awareness and accept the reuse of treated wastewater from the Al-Tireh Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Dr. Suha al-Madbouh giving SEA training in Ramallah

hbs held the first training of its kind in Palestine on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), in the three first days of August 2016. Seventeen enthusiastic participants, two of them from Gaza, attended the training, which was delivered by Dr. Suha al-Madbouh.

Heinrich Boell Foundation’s Palestine & Jordan Office is holding a training on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in Ramallah, Palestine between 01-03 August 2016. We encourage applicants interested in the topic to apply for the training.

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Policy Analysis

Discussion group at Böll Debates at hbs Ramallah

Which Jerusalem? – This question was raised in a Böll Debate on July 12 2016 in the Meeting Room of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Ramallah. The discussion was based on a policy brief presentend by the excellent young expert Ms. Nur Arafeh, Policy fellow of Al Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. In her paper she had researched “Israel’s Little Known Master Plans for Jerusalem”, which aim to develop the city exclusively for the Jewish people and to further marginalize the Palestinian population.

Two years after the last devastating war on Gaza, the situation in the impoverished strip remains grim and hopeless. Gaza’s population of almost 2 million predominantly young people is still suffering the ramifications of this war. Moreover ten years of blockade have left them in destitution. Lack of clean drinking water, recurring and daily electricity cuts, delays in reconstruction and a decade-long isolation from the world has brought the population to the brink of despair.

The Association of International Development Agencies in Jerusalem is therefore calling on world leaders to press for an immediate lifting of the blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Hbs Palestine and Jordan is part of the AIDA network. Please find below a short video on the plight of Gazans, the AIDA press release and the link to a petition, calling for the end of the siege on Gaza.

Barbara Unmüßig

NGOs are currently facing growing problems worldwide - and not only in non-democratic states. Governments increasingly target NGOs that work in the field of Human Rights, Justice, Democracy and Social and Environmental Rights. Barbara Unmuessig, president of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, explores in her landmark article the shrinking space for NGOS, which to some degree, threatens to affect our work in Palestine too.

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Together with the five partners Right to Play (RTP), War Child Holland (WCH) , Sawa, ACAD and ArtLab, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Ramallah & Jordan has launched the EU-funded project on September 1st 2014

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Green Economy is a source of both hope and controversy. For some, it points the way out of permanent environmental and economic crises and promises to reconcile – a long cherished Utopia – ecology and economics. It fosters the hope that we can hang on to our current high standard of material prosperity.

Upcoming Events

Oct 12
Final Study Presentation by Dr. Marwan Ghanem

A Space for new Ideas, Discussions and Exchange

The hbs Palestine/ Jordan office in Ramallah opens the doors to its new rooftop conference room. We invite activist groups and NGOs, who share the values of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, to use the meeting room free of charge. It provides space for around 35 people and includes the possibility to project presentations or films.  It has a wonderful, wide view from Ramallah to Jerusalem.

To schedule meetings or acquire further information, please send an e-mail to info@ps.boell.org or call + 972 2 296 1121
The room is available during our office hours from Saturday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
In exceptional cases and with prior agreement meetings are possible outside of the office hours. 

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hbs Brochure

The hbs office in Ramallah opened in 1999. It currently operates as a regional office with responsibility for Palestine and Jordan. The activities of hbs are guided by the fundamental political values of universal human rights, ecology, democracy, solidarity, and non-violence. The hbs office Ramallah is working in close partnership with currently more than 20 local partner organizations in Gaza, East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Jordan.


Perspectives Issue #8 - July 2015

More than twenty years after the establishment of the Palestinian Authority (PA), opinion polls persistently reveal a general belief in the presence and practice of corruption in the PA institutions, despite reports about improvement in good governance and transparency in recent years. According to a freshly released report by the Palestinian Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN) -Transparency International chapter in Palestine- 85% of the Palestinian public believe in the existence of corruption in PA institutions.

Perspectives Issue #7 - November 2014

Rumour has it ... the new Perspectives is out!

They are only 'hot air' but anyone who has been affected by rumours is familiar with their unhallowed dynamics, and the serious consequences they can entail. Rumours fulfil social functions. They serve as a medium through which unfulfilled hopes or unspecific fears can be voiced. They bond and drive a wedge between people and population groups at the same time. They can destroy reputations, credibility and even lives. Read here twelve experts from the MENA region discussing the topic!