Academic cooperation to foster research and advocacy competences in the occupied Palestinian territory (West Bank)

Golay, François; Ziegler, Stefan; Harari, Nicole; Métaireau, Béatrice; Carneiro, Claudio; Schuler, Martin (2014). Academic cooperation to foster research and advocacy competences in the occupied Palestinian territory (West Bank). In: Bolay, Jean-Claude; Hostettler, Silvia; Hazboun, Eileen (eds.) Technologies for sustainable development: a way to reduce poverty? (pp. 263-274). Cham: Springer 10.1007/978-3-319-00639-0_22

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Palestinians living in the West Bank, a territory occupied by the State of Israel according to International Law, face deprived access to land and a limited ability to move freely which pertains to the presence of Israeli settlements and other infrastructure (closures, restricted or forbidden roads, etc.). This confinement has significant impacts on their economic and social livelihoods, and it is even worsening with the on-going construction of a 709 km long Barrier which mainly runs inside the West Bank. With regard to this situation, there is a clear need to strengthen the capacity of civil society and its representatives to apply sound research processes as a basis for improved advocacy for Palestinian human rights. Monitoring processes and tools are needed to assess the impacts of the Palestinians’ confinement, particularly in relation to the Barrier’s construction. Reliable data has also to be collected, managed, and above all, shared. These challenges have been addressed within the Academic Cooperation Palestine Project (ACPP) that brings together academic partners from the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) West Bank (WB), and Switzerland as well as other international academic institutions and Palestinian governmental and non-governmental agencies. ACPP started in early 2011 and is designed as a large cooperation networking platform involving researchers, students, public servants and experts from the oPt WB. A large set of actions have already been developed during the first year of the project, including courses, training, and research actions. First relevant results and impacts of the different actions are presented in this paper. Taken as a whole, the project produces valuable results for all partners: useful advocacy material for the Palestinian partners, and a unique “real-scale laboratory” where investigations are jointly conducted to develop novel confinement and change indicators.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

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Harari, Nicole


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics








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18 Sep 2014 15:23

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05 Dec 2022 14:33

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Proceedings of 2012 Conference of the EPFL-UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development


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