About ICAN

The International Community Action Network (ICAN-McGill) works to advance the rights of the most marginalized and disadvantaged communities of Palestine, Jordan, and Israel through a successful network of nine academic and civil society partners, eleven front-line rights-based community action centres and hundreds of committed professionals and volunteers. 

Our network promotes the values of democracy, human rights and pluralism while alleviating economic inequality and building resilience among the most disenfranchised and marginalized citizens of the Middle East. Our centres provide basic human rights such as legal aid, education, housing, and more to over 120,000 people each year, implementing programs that engage, educate and empower the citizens most affected by conflict, economic hardship, and instability.

More than 65 alumni have trained in community organizing as part of ICAN's International MSW Fellowship. These Fellows continue to work at these centres and across the Middle East to advance social justice.

We believe that social justice is the most reliable foundation for strong, healthy, and tolerant communities.

You can read about our plans from 2017 through 2022 in "Bringing Rights-Based Practice to Scale in the Middle East". In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are focusing most of our efforts on supporting our existing centers to remain open and to maintain our work during the crisis.

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