The Evaluation of Palestinian Women’s Organizations Programs in The West Bank in The Years 1995-2000

Discussion Committee: 
Dr. Basem Ezbidi
Wasim A. Abu Fasha
This study aims to evaluate Palestinian women's organizations in the West Bank in the years 1995-2000. it studies most women's organizations activities with concentration on a comparison between adopted goals and offered programs. The theoretical side of this study deals with the most important chorological development stages that Palestinian women underwent. It also studies the effect of the political, economic and social changes especially their relation with Palestinian national liberation movement within a vision of a controversial relation between national political liberation and social feminine one. The study tackles role changes from relief services to the developmental role. The field side of the study depends on a questionnaire designed to collect details information about those organization. The questionnaire was distributed on a purposive sample of women's organizations. Criteria were put so that could reflect diversity of those organizations in respect with their legitimacy, activate frameworks and year of establishment. The study divides aspects of women's organizations into two. First direct elements in the process of evaluation. This includes goals, priorities, programs, and target groups for activities. Secondly, indirect elements. which includes financial resources, human, relation with PNA, other organizations and donors. Besides, vision of their role in development and the most significant setbacks. Two patterns of evaluation were used in the analyses of those elements. These are Goal Model and the Social Function Model. The former focuses on the range of goal achievement. The latter concentrates on efficiency of organization in response to their internal abilities and needs of surrounding society. An incapacity was found in performance of those organizations. This is obvious in the gap between goals and programs. The goals reflect for fetched prospects, whereas low potentials especially limited financial resources as well as outside limitation hinder or even prevent introducing programs that would help achieve goals and future prospect. Moreover, their traditional roles. This weakened their efficiency in accomplishing desired developmental changes especially changes related to women's practice of her social, political and economic roles on an equal basis with man. To increase efficiency of women’s organizations the study recommends the following: a)there should be an activation of coordination between women's organization and other civil society institutions. This will give momentum to achieving desired changes in an accumulative way and in achieving priorities of the community in which and for which they work. b)Women's organizations should revise their goals, work priorities, programs, procedures and administrative disciplines in away that depends on fundamental rules especially, specialization and transparency.
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