NTU wins EU funded project Mapping Study of Civil Society Organizations in Israel

The overall objective of the mapping study is to provide the EU delegation to Israel with a comprehensive and detailed overview of the state of CSOs and civil society networks in Israel, including their capacity-building needs and recommendations for the most fruitful areas of intervention in the current context. The specific objectives of the mapping study are: • To identify existing gaps and key needs of CSOs and civil society networks in terms of their capacity to engage in policy dialogue, influence the government decision-making process, monitor implementation of government's commitments and to perform an effective advocacy role at the local and national levels. In addition, to identify a minimum of three key policy areas, in which CSOs and civil society networks are or could be successfully engage in policy dialogue, given their current capacities, the state of the sector and the political context. • To identify keys needs and constrains of CSOs and civil society networks workings on political, social and economic issues with specific communities in Israel. • To analyze the financial sustainability of CSOs, and their access to public (governmental and non-governmental)) funding, private donations and foreign funding, with special attention to gaps in access to funds, current donor strategies and funding trends. • To provide recommendations on how to use the existing instruments of the European Commission (especially the instruments implemented by the EU delegation) in order to answer the needs and opportunities identified in the mapping. • To provide recommendations on new areas of intervention for the EU and EU Member States in Israel, in the context of current framework of relations between the two parties.