PCAN, incorporated in 2011, is a national organization in Palestine, founded by committed professionals with more than ten years' experience through MMEP in the field of rights based community practice (RBCP). They are working to expand the rights-based model in Palestine, building capacity and resources of RBCP centres. There are currently four member-centres in the network.
This book has investigated the experience of the An Najah Community Service Center in Nablus, Palestine in adopting and implementing a rights-based approach to community practice.
Al Waqa for Community Development is our newest partner in Jordan, an independent not-for-profit corporation, based in Amman, developing the first independent rights-based centre in Jordan. It opened its doors in September 2011.
In the RBCP approach, the means are as important as the ends: the right of low income people to participate in processes and decisions that affect their lives, as individuals and communities, is as important as gaining access to the rights themselves.
The International Community Action Network (ICAN) was founded as the McGill Middle East Program (MMEP)in 1997, committed to the belief that the reduction of inequality and the promotion of civil society and social justice are intricately related to peace building and security.
These eleven RBCP centres have been developed in cooperation with ICAN's Palestinian, Israeli, and Jordanian partners. Established in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the three countries, the centres are autonomous while they function under a shared conceptual umbrella.
The International Community Action Network (ICAN), formerly known as the McGill Middle East Program (MMEP), is committed to the belief that social justice is the most reliable foundation for strong, healthy societies.