Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Washington, DC, ALLMEP envisions a Middle East in which its community of Palestinian and Israeli peacebuilders lead their societies toward and beyond a sustainable peace.
To that end, ALLMEP works to increase its members’ financial and human resources, and provides a global platform for their visibility. ALLMEP’s direct advocacy has led to over $300 million in funding for Israeli and Palestinian peacebuilding.
In the region, ALLMEP’s team supports its member organizations with a variety of programs and services designed to scale their aggregated impact.”
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The power of peacebuilding programs as conflict resolution tools is clear: less fear, hatred and violence, increased economic growth, and greater understanding of the other, as well as the stake each party has in a shared future.
Despite wide awareness of the efficacy of such tools, they have too rarely been harnessed at a significant scale in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We can see the consequences all around us. Support for a two-state solution has dropped significantly, while support for violence or zero-sum agendas denying the legitimacy of the other has increased.
Today, over 60% of both young Palestinians and Israelis believe the ultimate intent of the other is the removal of their rights or the destruction of their society. Polling consistently demonstrates that both trends are most pronounced among Israelis and Palestinians under the age of 30, the cohort least likely to have had any meaningful engagement with the other.
Thanks to successive academic studies, we know that these programs work. Peacebuilding programs have been shown to disrupt and reverse many of these attitudes and beliefs that fuel the conflict. We know that they transform the course of individuals’ lives, yet we have never funded them at the level where they can transform communities or, even, entire societies. This is where ALLMEP comes into the picture. Between ALLMEP’s education and advocacy for peacebuilding funding paired with its regional work to support and scale the work of its membership, the outcomes could radically alter the civic, economic, and attitudinal variables that help to sustain this conflict.