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Organization Name: Economic & Social Development Center of Palestine

Year Established: 2003

Type of Registration : Registered Non-Governmental Organization

Locations: Main office Ramallah, branch offices in Tubas and Gaza

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4518, Al-Bireh

Phone Number:+970 02 242 0083/5 Fax Number:+970 02 242 0084

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Primary Contact:

Name: Akram Al-Taher

Position title: Executive Director

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Mobile Phone: 970 599 676 170                            Telephone: 970 02 242 0083/5                    



 Core Competencies:

ESDC is a Palestinian development-oriented NGO with vast experiences in the both development and humanitarian cooperation. Within the development cooperation, ESDC is a well-recognized at the national level for their work in developing and building the capacities of cooperatives and the cooperative sector. Not only does ESDC build the institutional capacities of cooperatives, CBOs and working groups, but also develops their capacities in natural resources management, agriculture and food security, and social economy.Iinstitutional capacity of the cooperatives, CBOSs and working groups is built and sustained through: updating strategic and business plans to coincide with their business, adapting proper production systems and developing their marketing capacities. Prioritised cross sector issues are gender equality, sustainable development and democracy including women building capacities as women-based organization and individuals. ESDC greatly emphasizes the importance of community ownership and participation within its interventions.

Further, within the humanitarian cooperation, ESDC works with farmers to restore their agricultural activities, and to mitigate the negative impact of Israeli occupation and unfavourable natural crises on socio-economic conditions and food security, including land reclamation (over 5,000 dunums). ESDC also has considerable previous experiences within agricultural humanitarian assistance, and backyard agro-production interventions in both West Bank and Gaza Strip. Further, ESDC provides Emergency Humanitarian Responses efficiently and effectively to the affected farmers. Most recently, ESDC has been working on early recovery projects to assist farmers’ shift from humanitarian to early recovery projects in improving access and efficiency of irrigation water for farmers in the Seam Zones of Tulkarem and Qalqilya.


Brief History:

ESDC was established in 2003 by renowned Palestinian development practitioners to work on developing the Palestinian social economy in the rural and marginalized areas with special focus on cooperatives and women self-help group.Several interventions aimed at strengthening the co-operatives in the area were piloted; however, it was realized by the cooperation partners that the activities and plans were covering a broader set of target groups other than the agricultural co-operatives. Hence, in order to cover the scope of work a local cooperation structure that will be able to broadly represent the different co-operative types in Palestine was established, hence the birth of the Economic and Social Development Center of Palestine.  Working within the needs of the Palestinian social economy, and immediate needs of the target groups, ESDC works within two spheres to meet the development and humanitarian needs of people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip; Capacity development and Livelihood and Food Security



A Palestinian cooperative society that is economically dependent and socially just


Eventuating Integrated Development in Palestine through Economic & Social Empowerment for the target groups



ESDC continues to align its organizational values with the internationally-accepted co-operative principles. It also upholds the values of transparency, integrity and accountability, social justice, and peace.



As an accountable, transparent, learning and continually developing organization, ESDC stakeholders gather every three years to develop the strategic plan of ESDC for the coming three years, to which are reported on within the annual report. For 2014-2016, the following strategic objectives have been set:

1.       To contribute in the national endeavours in improving the livelihood & food Security for the target groups.

2.       To Increase the capacities of civil society organization, including cooperatives in providing relevant services to their members & communities.

3.       To reinforce the gender equitable & equity in ESDC’s operations & activities.

4.       To build the capacities of ESDC to be more efficient and effective in management & supervision.


Competitive Advantage: 

ESDC is the only local NGO in Palestine that focuses specifically on the development of cooperatives.ESDC has a focused speciality in developing and building the capacities of the target group, both cooperatives, CBO’s and working groups as well as individual farmers. ESDC had built and developed strategic partnerships with the inline ministries, including Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Agriculture. Further, all of ESDC work is in line with the relevant Ministry strategic plans’.

ESDC’s exceptional cadre of agronomists and capacity building specialist in the field to provide the technical support needed by the target group with a comprehensives approach working along the value chain from the producer and linking them to the market. For our marketing approach, ESDC is one of the main founder of New Farm Co. which specializes in marketing cooperative products.

ESDC is the only local NGO that focuses on aggregating the split resource through cooperative concepts. ESDC found that the cooperative model is the most appropriate model for developing the Palestinian economy,which characterized by small size and of ownership, scattered recourse and small produces.  





1.       Institutional and Capacity Building Program

2.       Livelihood and Food Security Program


Services offered through the Institutional and Capacity Building Program:

·         Systematizing the wok of the CBOs, through building the systems and building of capacities of applying it

·         Building the production capacities of CBOs as a service Providers for their members and communities. 

·         Strategic planning guidance

·         Business planning guidance

·         Managerial and Accounting systems installation and training

·         Production systems capacity development (machinery, production and financial)

·         Linking the cooperative products with the market

·         Revolving fund schemes for CBOs

Services offered through the Livelihood and Food Security Program consists of:

·         Restoring Palestinian farming activities that had been affected by the occupation practices and natural disasters.  

·         Backyard agro-production units for home - based food production.

·         Emergency support of livelihood assets

·         Spreading Good farming practices

·         Increased access to natural resources

·         Technical training & extension for small scale farmers, small producer and women.



Offices in Ramallah, Tubas and Gaza

Internal Systems:

Professional accounting and collaborative Monitoring & Evaluation system

Geographical area served:

ESDC covers Palestine, both West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Financial Capability:

ESDC has a well-rounded pool of committed experts with the commitment needed to obtain result in the development and livelihood sectors. Through this cadre, ESDC has the capacity to implement programs and projects worth millions of dollars with the average annual budget of 4 million USD.

ESDC’s well-developed financial system, including procurement regulations; ESDC has an excellent internal control system to ensure that the end beneficiary receives the most for your dollar. Furthermore, at the end of each financial year, ESDC contracts an external auditor to audit the financial activity of ESDC; the end result financial statements and Independent Auditor’s report is available on ESDC’s website as part of clear and transparent financial systems.Furthermore, ESDC has a solid partnership with 7 main international funding organizations in Palestine.



Name: Akram Al-Taher

Position:Executive Director

Akram has a Master degree  in International Studies. He has been working within editorial cooperative development & lively hood improvement for the Palestinian community for over 15 years through improving & enhancement of the institutional capacities for the Palestinian co-operatives. Akram also has experience in designing & implementing developmental and humanitarian projects for the agricultural sector as well as developing the business &infrastructure for the Palestinian co-operatives. He also has worked in developing the technical capacities for the small producers & households in order to enable them to reach the internal and external markets.


Name: Abed Yasin

Position: Program Manager

Abed has an M.Sc. in Sustainable Rural  Development and over 14 years of experience working with international and national organizations in development and humanitarian  projects as well as private sectors. He is competent in projects management, from design, planning, monitoring and evaluation, using Results Based Management. Abed also has extensive experience in socio-economic research, participatory assessment and analysis. 


Name: Jamal Burnat

Position: Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Since 2010 Jamal has being the Monitoring & Evaluation manager at ESDC, monitoring and evaluating ESDC programs. Programs include Strengthen the Role of Cooperatives and Community Organizations in the Development Process, Strengthening the Institutional and Business Capacities of Cooperatives in Palestine, Enterprise Development, Improve Food Security, Livelihood, and Natural Resource Management and Humanitarian and Emergency Interventions. Further, Jamal has an MSc degree in Low Cost Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation Management.


Name: Suhaib Abu Sheikh

Position:Financial and Administrative Manager

Suhaib has over 15 years of admin and financial work experience in the local NGO sector with experience in project financial management, preparing budget and control it , financial report, staffing plan and salaries ,monitoring procurement plan and procedure,  developing admin and financial manual and trainer in the financial issues .


Name: Reema Rasheed

Position: Fundraising and PR Specialist

Reema has over 17 years of progressive work experience in the local and international NGO sector with experience in project management, fundraising and public relations. Reema has worked from the grassroots level to governmental level in planning, writing and implementing programs.


Name:Jamal Al-Nimer

Position: Capacity Building Specialist

Jamal has 23 years of work experience in organizational development programs in different NGOs. He works in building the capacities of many civil society organizations especially cooperatives. He developed systems and strategies for many CBOs. Jamal Also work in community Development Activities and he developed a credit system for the ESDC targeted cooperatives.  On ESDC organizational level, Jamal s responsible for developing ESDC staff capacities , manuals and strategic plans.




}  We Effect (former Swedish Cooperative Centre)

}  Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

}  European Commission (EC )

}  Care International

}  AusAID


}  CHF International 


}   UNDP 

}   IFAD

}  FAO


}  Action Against  Hunger ( ACF )

}  Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development(ACTED) 

}  American Near East Association (ANERA)

}  Norwegian People Aid (NPA)

}  CHF

}  GIZ

}  Finn Church Aid




ESDC will have a comprehensive quality management system (ISO9001) by the end of 2015. 

Meanwhile, ESDC is in possession of the following quality attributes as assessed to have high score by its donor partners:

1-      Capacity Assessment and Financial Monitoring.

2-      Strategic plan 2014 – 2016.

3-      Fundraising strategy 2014 -2016.

4-      Administrative& financial manuals and Monitoring & Evaluation systems.

5-      Program Management Computerized Information System-PMIS.

6-      Processing Quality Assurance System (QAS) - ISO 9001.

7-      Processing Gender Strategy.

8-      Processing Communication Strategy.




ESDC is a member of the following associations / networks:

1-      The International Cooperative Alliance (ICA).

2-      Palestinian Network of Non-governmental Organizations (PNGO).

3-      Food Security Sector in the oPt.

4-      Livestock Sector in the oPt.

5-      The Palestinian Disaster and Agriculture Insurance Fund.

6-      Social Arab Accountability Network.