Six Main Work Streams for 2018- 2020
In its first six years, Ahel tested the following three work streams and they have proven to be successful in achieving its mission. In the coming three years, we want to take them to scale always evolving them based on experience. The three work streams are:
- Supporting campaigns and movements that are pursuing specific change. Ahel supports them by nurturing leadership through training and coaching on community organizing and movement building. Which campaigns and movements? 1. Those that are women led especially for women rights in the field of education and health. 2. Those for Palestinian freedom.
- Introducing civic organizations to community mobilizing and organizing. Ahel does that by introducing mobilizing and organizing practices to organizations and building their in-house coaching team. Which organizations? Community based organizations interested in going beyond community engagement to building real community power by organizing and mobilizing constituencies.
- Building the leadership and organizing capacity of motivated individuals. Which individuals? Those who are change agents, take initiative and understand leadership as a shared practice of enabling each other.
Over the past years of working with 16 campaigns in Palestine, Jordan, and Lebanon, we have discovered the need for a more deliberate investment in effecting the context and culture community and change leaders, and campaigns exist in. The three streams below proved to be essential in meeting mission. While Ahel tried them to a small degree, Ahel intends to institutionalize them and evolve them in the coming three years.
- Emancipatory Learning: For participatory leadership to work, concepts around citizenship, accountability, power, gender and authority need to shift. Emancipatory education programs by Ahel for a group of citizens and leaders achieve that.
- Discourse Interventions: Changing the discourse on leadership away from patriarchy and hierarchy to a participatory one creates a context that supports collective action and women leadership. These include mindful deliberate interventions in the discourse with stories told by people in person or through social media.
- Research and Knowledge Creation: There is a huge lack in knowledge and research in the region. Instead of waiting for it to be addressed, Ahel takes responsibility in documenting its work, conducting action research, as well as pursue or commission relevant regional or comparative research in the region.