PalThink for Strategic Studies is a Gaza-based "think and do tank" that aims to stimulate and inspire rational public discussions and consensus for the well-being of the Palestinians and the Region. Their Gaza Strip reports are at . In Arabic at http://palthink.org/ar/.
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BDS National Committee
From website: The BNC’s mandate and role is: • To strengthen and spread the culture of boycott as a central form of civil resistance to Israeli occupation, colonialism and apartheid; • To formulate strategies and programs of action in accordance with the 9 July 2005 Palestinian Civil Society BDS Call; • To serve as the Palestinian reference point for BDS campaigns in the region and worldwide; • To serve as the national reference point for anti-normalization campaigns within Palestine; • To facilitate coordination and provide support & encouragement to the various BDS campaign efforts in all locations.
Gisha-Legal Center for Freedom of Movement
From website: Gisha is an Israeli not-for-profit organization, founded in 2005, whose goal is to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians, especially Gaza residents. Gisha promotes rights guaranteed by international and Israeli law. They do research, analysis and commentary about Gaza's movement restrictions.
International Budget Partnership
The International Budget Partnership collaborates with civil society around the world to use budget analysis and advocacy as a tool to improve effective governance and reduce poverty. They build budget analysis and advocacy skills through training and technical assistance; advance transparency, accountability, and public participation in the budget process; contribute to strong and sustainable organizations by providing financial assistance for civil society budget work; enhance knowledge exchange among civil society budget groups and other public finance stakeholders by acting as a hub of information on civil society budget work.
Though it's not clear from the website who is funding or running this initiative, they do say: Open contracting refers to norms and practices for increased disclosure and participation in public contracting including tendering, performance and completion. Open contracting encompasses all public contracting, including contracts funded by combinations of public, private and donor sources. They also promote principles for open contracting that can be used to hold aid actors accountable.
Feedback Labs is a consortium of like-minded organizations committed to making governments, NGOs and donors more responsive to the needs of their constituents. They frame, convene and mainstream the idea of feedback loops. Their online resource database is a unique collection of theoretical and practical tools.
From website: DevelopmentCheck is a user driven and solution oriented online tool for citizen feedback on the transparency, participation and effectiveness of development projects. Developed by Integrity Action (www.integrityaction.org), the tool is currently available in Arabic, English, French, Nepali, Russian and Swahili; it includes 19 completed projects in Palestine.
International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)
From website: IATI is a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative that seeks to improve the transparency of aid, development, and humanitarian resources in order to increase their effectiveness in tackling poverty. IATI brings together donor and recipient countries, civil society organisations, and other experts in aid information who are committed to working together to increase the transparency and openness of aid. At the centre of IATI is the IATI Standard, a format and framework for publishing data on development cooperation activities, intended to be used by all organisations in development, including government donors, private sector organisations, and national and international NGOs. IATI data is freely available and its use is facilitated by various online portals.
Follow the Money
A Nigerian network of NGOs, CSOs, academics, activists, journalists, development consultants, and students who run service delivery monitoring groups, write reports and blogs, design websites, create infographics, code for good, engage in data sprints, advocacy sprints, and we get dirty by going into remote villages for outreach. The website is an creative visual monitoring of aid promised to Nigeria.
Local Interventions Group
LIG is a southern non-profit working based in Nepal and London with data-driven solutions for smarter governance. Their beta site shows an ambitious mission with an innovative approach.
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