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IBTIKAR Palestine
Bethlehem, Gaza Strip
Last updated on 11 May 2022
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Ibtikar supports economic empowerment bust also contributes to the economic, social, and environmental development of their communities. Ibtikar support consists of building women’s awareness and understanding of sustainable development and of providing the necessary tools and knowledge to integrate environmentally-friendly techniques into their work — Ibtikar’s interventions accompanied by coaching, which focuses on improving entrepreneurial and commercial methods. Ibtikar is always working to enable women entrepreneurs to develop a business activity that is both financially and environmentally sustainable. women's Act: Ibtikar aims to support women’s entrepreneurial skills and assist the development of their projects: - Incubation or start-up programs, to build skills and confidence in entrepreneurship potential. - Leadership and gender equality training. - Networking and creating synergies to build and strengthen local social entrepreneurship ecosystems. 250 women and young ladies were targeted through this program.  Our projects contribute to the development of a women-led economy in Palestine and to creating a business-enabling environment for women entrepreneurs in the area. Through our project’s interventions such as building the capacity of the targeted women and the support on the management and technical level, the women entrepreneurs are able to better access the market and therefore, grow their businesses, employ more people, and generate sustainable and better incomes for their employees, themselves, and their families. Our projects seek to achieve this by adopting a gender transformative approach aimed at recognizing, formalizing, and amplifying women’s existing roles in key-value chains whilst promoting women’s increased decision-making and control over income, assets, and productive recourses. Our projects focus on value chains, where significant exists to empower women, including female youth, to move beyond their essential but largely unrecognized roles, ultimately contributing to their increased agency in both the economic and social sphere. Ibtikar's program contributes directly towards the achievement of the SDGs, especially SDG1: No poverty, SDG 5: Gender Equality SGD 8: Decent work and economic growth, and SD10: Reduces Inequalities. Ibtikar supports women-led MSME's growth that improves access to market and income generation opportunities to achieve the following outputs: - The support of the new and growth initiatives that can provide employment to economically marginalized women. - The empowerment of Palestinian women through the use of social innovation and entrepreneurship. - The support of private and social enterprises (MSMEs). Facilitate women’s access to income-generating/social enterprises models’ experience and support the creation of partnerships for improving the ecosystem necessary for shifting to a more sustainable revenue mix. - Youth and women enjoy their rights and achieve their potential: Adopt an inclusive, participatory and rights-based development approach, responsive to the needs of disadvantaged women and youth, to empower them to achieve their potential of personal and social development while contributing and benefiting from the economic and social development of their communities. - Individual and institutional demand-driven and forward-thinking competencies building and technical assistance delivered: Adopt a capacity development model built on a philosophy of social change via creativity that caters to the needs of youth and women to experience innovation and thus strengthen their self-expression, help them foster life skills and increase their community engagement. Also, strengthen the institutional capacities of culture and creativity actors to increase their effectiveness, enable delivering high-quality services, and becoming financially sustainable through social enterprise and income generation interventions. - One virtual and one real Outlet Shops for promoting and selling of women entrepreneur’s products are established or upgraded. Our project focus on three inter-related intermediate outcomes: i) reduced barriers to market faced by women entrepreneurs; ii) enhanced opportunities for women entrepreneurs to successfully establish and/or grow sustainable businesses; and, iii) enhanced opportunities for female entrepreneurs, particularly female youth, to support the adoption of productive processing value chains.