PCAN - Palestine Community Advocacy Network


About PCAN

PCAN - the Palestine Community Advocacy Network, is a national organization in Palestine, founded by committed professionals with more than ten years of experience through ICAN in the field of rights based community practice (RBCP), which has been employed to develop several rights-based community practice centers across Nablus and East Jerusalem. They are working to expand the rights-based model in Palestine, building capacity and resources to create engaged citizens, bringing together academic institutions, professionals, local businesses and regular people to work together for community benefit, rooted in rights. 


PCAN Executive Committee:

Dr Sami Kilani, Professor of Sociology and Social Work, An Najah National University
Dr Suleiman Al Khalil, Dean of the Faculty of Science, An Najah National University
Mr Bilal Salameh, Director, An Najah Community Service Centres
Dr Varsen Aghabekian-Shaheen, Organizational Consultant

Executive committee member Dr. Sami Kilani has also published an academic book on the application of the RBCP model in Palestine:

Sami Kilani

Rights-based Approach to Community Practice in Palestine: A Case Study

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. The CSC practices community advocacy in the framework of social work as an emerging profession in an emerging state, and in an environment characterized by political, social and economic instability.

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