Peace activists know that dialogue alone will not bring about peace.
So what will?
Amal-Tikva seeks to build capacity for sustainable and scalable peacebuilding between Israelis and Palestinians.
We know that the shortcomings of peacebuilding efforts have many roots, so we offer a comprehensive range of programs and partnerships to ensure that all stakeholders in peacebuilding are equipped to lay the foundation for a just and lasting peace.
We believe that a community of NGOs, donors, experts, and activists working strategically and collaboratively as a field will enable civil society organizations to change the zero-sum nature of the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, making it feel more resolvable to all relevant stakeholders, which is a key first step toward building a just and lasting peace.
ˈPĒS | ˈBIL-DIŊ (NOUN)
1: creating a more peaceful reality for Palestinians and Israelis, defined by: a) less hatred, tension, and violence,
b) increased quality of life, and
c) improved systems for interaction
2: breaking the intractable nature of the conflict into manageable parts, then tackling each part one by one.
For NGOs and Activists:
We bring capacity-building and funding opportunities, as well as guidance on best practices for scalability, impact and sustainability.
We offer skill building, webinars, seminars, office space, dialogue circles and more.
Why Innovative Peacebuilding Leadership?
After three decades of
people-to-people programs, we know as peace activists that dialogue alone will not bring about peace. So what will?
In order to transform the status quo, civil society peacebuilding efforts need strategic, innovative, and collaborative leadership. ATLI aims to provide support for activists under the following goals:
Equip activists with the knowledge and skills needed to make a real impact.
Build a cohort of peers who will support one another over the long term.
Introduce innovative approaches to social change from a peacebuilding perspective.
Changing International Discourse on the Conflict
We host the Embodying Peace fellowship, enabling volunteers around the world to support civil society peacebuilding.
We share the field's work via virtual tours and publications.
Cross-border peacebuilding NGOs seek to resolve one of,
if not the, most complex and intractable conflicts in
Right now, these NGOS are facing a serious moment of reckoning,
which began when the field lost nearly half of its funding as a result
of US foreign assistance withdrawals in early 2019, and has only
intensified with annexation lurking in parallel to the detriment of the COVID-19 pandemic. NGO leaders are scrambling to raise sufficient
funds and manage complex logistical realities, let alone dedicate time
to matching rhetorical ambitions with sound theories of change and scalable models that can generate measurable societal impact.
This is a powerful moment for peacebuilding, with the
potential to replace bad habits of redundancy and
inefficiency with strategy and impact.
While a significant number of organizations are primed for serious impact, the present reality within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated unprecedented levels of strategic thinking and cooperative partnerships in order to succeed. Over the last few months we have identified an overall feeling in the field of readiness to scale, coupled with a willingness to join forces with new partners.
Co-Founder and CEO
Meredith brings over 10 years of experience with Israeli and Palestinian NGOs in project management, fundraising,
strategic planning, and process leadership, including as Director of Kids4Peace Jerusalem. Meredith holds an MA from Hebrew
University in Community Development.
She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and children.
Basheer Abu Baker,
Co-Founder and CFO
Basheer is a CPA/MBA with over 10 years experience in the private sector, and 10 years working with Israeli and Palestinian NGOs as a financial manager. As CFO of Hand-in-Hand, Basheer created the infrastructure for exponential growth, in partnership with government, private, and philanthropic partners. Basheer lives in Jerusalem with his wife and daughters.
Ariel joined Amal-Tikva after five years as the founding director of the Jerusalem Model, a coalition of diverse influencers and social entrepreneurs. Through her role in the Jerusalem Model, she helped guide Meredith and Basheer in creating Amal-Tikva. As COO she leads process management, operations, and organizational efficacy. She holds an LLB in Law and BA in Government from IDC Herzliya. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and 4 children.
Director of International Engagement
Amitai joined Amal-Tikva in November 2020. As the founder and Executive Director of Embodying Peace, he brings 5 years of experience bridging internationals and local NGOs in constructive solidarity. Amitai graduated from Harvard College in 2020 with a degree in the Comparative Study of Religion. He lives in Jerusalem.
Coordinator of Cross-Border Engagement
Originally from the Old City of Jerusalem, Ghadeer has been working in peacebuilding for nearly a decade. She is an expert in managing data and overseeing systems, skills honed during her experience with a variety of peace NGOs, most recently Kids4Peace Jerusalem. Ghadeer holds an MA in International Cooperation and Development from Bethlehem University. Ghadeer lives in Jerusalem with her husband and children.
Coordinator of International Engagement
Adi is a recent MSc graduate in Global Economy at the University of Glasgow, and holds a BSc in International Public Administration at the Hague University of Applied Sciences. He has worked in the Romanian public procurement sector, has volunteered with various NGOs in Israel-Palestine and has written his bachelor's thesis on the role of civil society organizations in Israel-Palestine. He lives in Jerusalem.