The fund has been formed in response to the shrinking of resources for grassroots initiatives. Since the 1990s, international aid in Palestine has largely prioritised emergency and humanitarian relief. Its increasingly bureaucratic profile has shifted resources away from alternative, community-owned solutions to managing the symptoms of problems caused by occupation and structural discrimination.
As other regional priorities have surfaced, foundation resources allocated to Palestine have shrunk and donor fatigue has worsened in the face of a seemingly intractable situation. Rawa, therefore, will seek to reinvigorate grassroots groups by providing simple, flexible support to initiatives arising out of the local community.
Andrew Milner is an associate at PSJP and associate editor of Alliance magazine.
This post was originally published by Alliance magazine.