February 08, 2022
ALLMEP’s Annual Report captures 2021 highlights and key program updates
ALLMEP’s latest annual report provides a comprehensive overview of the organization’s 2021 programming and new initiatives. The full report was launched in January of 2022 as part of a retrospective on ALLMEP activities.
“For those of us who care deeply about Israeli-Palestinian peace, this year has felt different than most others in recent memory. The increase in U.S. assistance for Palestinians and the formation of a new government in Israel signaled the possibility of change and renewal. Yet the devastating war in May and the unprecedented inter-ethnic violence demonstrated how urgent and necessary change now is,” ALLMEP’s Executive Address explained.
Despite the great challenges in facing the peacebuilding community in 2021, ALLMEP members rose in incredible numbers to rally together, support one another, and reject the status quo. In support of these members, ALLMEP hosted roundtable discussions on transforming the realities on the ground and redefining peacebuilding terminology, storytelling programs, workshops and trainings, and created unprecedented access to resources for best practices and FAQs for grant applicants.
ALLMEP successfully launched the second iteration of our Mid East Storytellers program, in partnership with B8 of Hope and Pendulum Creative Changency. Mid East Storytellers was created on the premise that the stories of our community’s young leaders can be a powerful medium for amplifying their work and our values. Board members evaluated the stories based on three criteria – Social Media Influence, Community Engagement, and Social Impact – and selected the three storytellers to receive awards of $1000 in support of their activism: Micha Silverman – Tech2Peace, Rawan Odeh – New Story Leadership, and Mahmoud Waked. Program partner, B8 of Hope, also launched the first in a series of art exhibitions in Geneva, at the Centre des Arts of the International School of Geneva.
Notably, ALLMEP also launched a new podcast in collaboration with the New Israel Fund (NIF) titled “Groundwork: The Mixed Cities Edition.” This pilot series, hosted by Israeli journalist, Dina Kraft, and Palestinian Activist, Sally Abed, explored themes of coexistence and coresistance in mixed cities, highlighting the work of local peace activists in Jerusalem, Haifa, and Lod working during the events of April and May of 2021 and the lead up to the war in May. ALLMEP is currently working with NIF on Season 2, which will hopefully launch in spring/summer of 2022.
Membership growth over the course of the year also reached new benchmarks, with ALLMEP adding 28 new member organizations in 2021. This brings our total membership to well over 150 organizations working a broad spectrum of peacebuilding initiatives. These members have access to a variety of membership benefits to support their ongoing activities and grow to optimize their potential and impact.
For a comprehensive look at ALLMEP’s 2021 programming and impact metrics, please read the full report here! As we look ahead to 2022, many of these same initiatives will be continuing alongside MEPPA funding and we are incredibly excited to be working in conversation with USAID and the Development Finance Corporation during this exciting time.