NISPED’s mission is the promotion of peace and development, with a focus on civil society: the voluntary, people-centered, non-governmental groups and organisations concerned with conflict-resolution. NISPED serves as a centre for education, training and project development, conducting international, regional (Middle East) and local (Israel) programmes.
In order to work toward a more equitable Israeli society, NISPED established AJEEC – the “Arab-Jewish Centre for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation”. AJEEC’s concern is with the issues confronting the Jewish and Arab communities in Israel, including cooperation based on equality and empowerment of the Arab minority within a society and country shaped by the Jewish majority.
AJEEC’s primary focus is on the needs and concerns of the Negev Arab Bedouin, a community of 160,000 which constitutes the most disadvantaged sector of Israeli society in all areas of life: economic, social and educational.
AJEEC works to revitalise the traditional community values of self reliance and mutual aid, believing they provide a powerful impetus for transforming the communities. The organisation operates a wide range of programmes and projects in three primary spheres of activity: Community empowerment and development, economic empowerment and Jewish-Arab partnerships.
8 March 2017
The head of the Arab Joint List faction, MK Ayman Odeh, along with fellow Joint List lawmakers Masud Ganaim and Jamal Zahalka, backed a plan developed by two coexistence NGOs that would see Arab towns establish their own local volunteering programs for local army-age youth.
The programme is a joint initiative of the Abraham Fund, an Israeli non-profit working on Arab-Jewish coexistence issues, and the Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation (JEEC-NISPED)
17 November 2016
Negev Beduin have the lowest life expectancy in Israel, at around 73 years, compared to nearly 82 years for Jewish population.
A shortage of doctors and medical facilities will leave Negev Beduin with a serious lack of access to healthcare, a panel of health experts and Beduin community leaders said.
17 November 2016
The Finance Ministry has announced that it is tripling its budget for the Bedouin community in Israel, from 1 billion to 3 billion shekels (from about $260 million to about $780 million). The Ministry is also examining the possibility of allocating funding from the budget to illegal Bedouin settlements. The head of the AJEEC-NISPED, Kher Albaz, praised the initiative. "The Finance Ministry has for the first time recognized the hardships and difficulties suffered by the residents of the unrecognized communities, and will start to solve those difficulties."
2 October 2016
Ten male and 10 female students have been selected to take part in a pre-academic program that aims to boost participation of Israel’s Bedouin populations into the country’s high-tech ecosystem. Backed by Ajeec, a nonprofit organization that aims to close social and economic gaps between Israel’s Arab and Jewish communities, the new program, called Bridgetech, will train outstanding high school graduates in subjects like English, computers, mathematics and spoken Hebrew – to prepare them for a degree in the high-tech field.
16 August 2016
We could dismiss these Scouts as a group of idealistic and naive young people, but after a year of working in Arab schools and with their new Bedouin friends, it is impossible to say they have not begun to grasp the complexity of life together with other communities in Israel. Some say they found themselves losing part of their optimism, while others are asking themselves questions about Zionism and their future in the country.
Development of volunteering opportunities for Arab citizens of Israel advances through IDF and alternative frameworks
14 January 2016
The Abraham Fund and AJEEC-NISPED (two organisations working towards promoting coexistence and equality among Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens) created the ‘Taliah’ project in order to provide Arab youth with an opportunity to volunteer, thus increasing their sense of empowerment, self-realisation and contribution to development efforts in their local communities. Both organisations believe that the project will serve as a springboard for success, for participants’ higher education prospects and professional careers.