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.
Building capacity for growing nonprofits.
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.
Bringing new professional capacity to the field.
We host the Embodying Peace fellowship, a skill building, educational program enabling young professionals from Israel-Palestine to start their path in civil society peacebuilding.
Supporting activists with skill-building and leadership training.
We equip activists with the knowledge and skills needed to make a real impact by introducing innovative approaches to social change from a peacebuilding perspective.
Each program builds a cohort of peers who will support one another over the long term.
Leading local and international discourse on peacebuilding.
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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.
Meredith Rothbart | Co-Founder and CEO
Meredith brings almost 15 years of leadership experience with Israeli and Palestinian NGOs, including as director of Kids4Peace Jerusalem. Meredith holds an MA from Hebrew University in Community Development, and has addressed Congress, the White House and the UN Security Council on grassroots peacebuilding efforts. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and four giggly children.
Basheer Abu Baker | Co-Founder and CFO
Basheer is a CPA/MBA with over 10 years experience in the private sector, and another 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 Markose | Chief Strategy Officer
Ariel joined Amal-Tikva after five years as the founding director of the Jerusalem Model, a coalition of diverse social entrepreneurs. Through her role in the Jerusalem Model, she helped guide Meredith and Basheer in creating Amal-Tikva. As CSO she oversees program design, process management, and external relations. She holds an LLB in Law and BA in Government from IDC Herzliya. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and children.
Ghadeer Sabat | COO
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 and operations, skills honed during her experience with a variety of peace NGOs, most recently Kids4Peace Jerusalem. She currently manages our Fieldbuilding360 program. Ghadeer holds an MA in International Cooperation and Development from Bethlehem University. Ghadeer lives in Jerusalem with her husband and children.
Diana Sayegh | Administrative Coordinator
Diana joined the Amal-Tikva team in 2022 as the administrative coordinator to ensure that all programs operate at maximum efficiency. She arrived with nearly two decades of administrative management experience from various institutions in Jerusalem and Ramallah. Diana holds a BA in Business Administration from York University along with several training certificates. Originally from the Old City, she lives in Beit Hanina with her husband and daughters.
Adi Nassar | Program Manager
Adi is a recent MSc graduate in Global Economy at the University of Glasgow, and holds a BSc in International Public Administration from 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. Adi manages Embodying Peace and the Amal-Tikva leadership Institute. He lives in Jerusalem.