National Institute for Environment and Development (NIED) is a joint-stock limited liability organization established in 2015 and officially registered in 2018 under number (563161827) in compliance with Commercial Companies Law 7/2012 in the Ministry of National Economy of Palestine. The institute is the first in the Gaza Strip to demonstrate a developmental and environmental nature whose core work is the environment and health-focused projects in parallel with social, economic, and managerial plans, projects, and programs.
NIED endeavors to assume an effective role in developing all aspects of life in Palestine and in the Gaza Strip particularly through protecting the environment and its components. As the institute implements many strategic developmental plans, projects, and programs to tackle environmental, water, and public health-related issues, NIED aims to develop the capacity of the Gaza’s residents in all life aspects. Furthermore, it aspires to achieve social, economic, cultural, and managerial development at governmental institutions and NGOs.
NIED is characterized by a qualified staff that consists of experts and consultants holding high academic certificates and enjoying long, wide, and hands-on experience, international and local, related to managing projects focusing on the institute’s core work, which includes:
- Implementing and following up projects and programs related to water, the environment, and the public health infrastructure in the Gaza Strip
- Conducting and following up projects and programs aimed to raise awareness and promote cultural values to improve the general attitude of society and culture in addition to highlighting the value of the environment and natural resources
- Providing technical and managerial support pertaining to social, economic, and managerial aspects of local institutions
- Carrying out surveys, researches, and technical and scientific reports related to implemented projects and programs
- Building capacities and developing awareness-raising, training, staff development programs for governmental and non-governmental institutions including the NGOs and private bodies
- Evaluating projects, preparing feasibility studies, and developing follow-up plans for developmental and relief projects
- Drawing up plans, developing strategies, building up organizational structures, and writing job descriptions, with details on financial, technical, and managerial aspects, for institutions and bodies working in the field of development and delivering services.
- Writing and putting forward project proposals and fundraising mechanisms for NGOs
- Preparing and developing training, rehabilitation, and awareness-raising programs and implementing them according to plans and strategies using appropriate materials.
The institute seeks to attain a high and distinctive rank locally and internationally through a clear vision and lofty objectives. It aspires to assume the role of a leading and central organization that wins the trust of all stakeholders. NIED shoulders the responsibility of implementing all projects, programs, activities, and interventions pertaining to the environment and public health under sustainable development projects that aim to develop individual and collective performance in different fields: management, strategic planning, economy, accounting, society, and family development. While conducting activities, NIED puts into consideration local and international quality assurance standards and the utilization of technology.
Dr. Ahmed H. Hilles
Chairman of NIED
NEID places faith in humans, individually and collectively, and in their awareness and culture. It also believes in the activities and interventions of a human as an essential pillar for development and progress. In addition, NIED values the importance of a healthy environment, its different components and natural resources, which has to be protected from pollution or degradation and secured for future generations; thus, all can live healthily and enjoy a decent life with social justice and balanced economy.
Indeed, NIED tries to achieve this goal utilizing its full capacity through enhancing and exercising all the principles and concepts of a sustainable environment, good governance, competent management, integrity, transparency at all humanitarian work sectors: environmental, managerial, economic, and cultural. The institute also aims to promote the aforementioned values among governmental and non-governmental organizations through plans, projects, and programs implemented by NIED with controlled tools, well-structured methodologies, clear working mechanisms, and specific objectives that fulfill the clients’ needs.
Furthermore, NIED enormously focuses on social integration, especially of women and youth, to accomplish development for that they are boundless energies and valuable human resources by which development activities would be boosted and accelerated, thus serving the present and future generations.
NIED adopts basic principles derived from its vision, mission, and objectives, to develop, mentor, and implement projects, programs, and interventions, which are:
- Respecting human rights and enhancing the concepts and principles of social protection for the most vulnerable groups that suffer from an increasing marginalization, including children, women, disabled persons, and elderly people.
- Giving urgent priority to the development of human resources and energies through promoting positive cultural values, heightening social awareness, and enhancing effective participation of all social groups, given that NIED believes in the role of individuals and families to develop the present and future of society.
- Demonstrating a profound belief in the importance of developing the capacities of staffs at local institutions, including public and private ones, as this leads to an enormous and effective enhancement at the level of performance and delivered services
- Paying special attention to devising plans and strategies, conducting needs assessment studies, and carrying out field and scientific surveys needed to improve the work mechanisms of projects and organizations. Furthermore, such studies facilitate the best utilization of available resources and capabilities, thus ensuring the most possible performance
- Expressing full and unconditional belief in the role of the law to organize and enhance performance in addition to protecting rights and prompting people to honor duties among society within institutional and social work for achieving prosperity and development.
- Believing in the critical role of women, who are half of the society, and youth, the pillars of the future, in development within the projects, programs, and interventions that NIED seeks to implement responsibly.
- Enhancing the trust and respect of partners and friendly organizations on a continual basis by demonstrating the high-quality and solid performance of a competent administration and professional team compatible with modern standards.
NIED shoulders a social responsibility towards the Palestinian society and believes that all efforts should be consolidated to develop the environmental and health situation in Palestine. Out of social responsibility, NIED thinks that it has to enhance the performance and working conditions of institutions, thus bringing about a positive and direct impact on people’s lives. Therefore, NIED seeks to implement activities, projects, awareness-raising, cultural, and developmental programs. All of these activities target society and all social groups; therefore, they are intended to make a tangible and sustainable impact on society in order to open gates of a bright future for creativity and innovation, eventually. In addition, the institute aims to empower and encourage youth to utilize their skills and experiences to develop society through initiatives and social activities that focus on the environment, sustainable development, economy, technology, and other fields.
Indeed, NIED fulfills its social responsibility through the following activities:
- Specialized or general training programs in several fields.
- Awareness-raising and cultural values-promoting programs focusing on many issues and implemented by competent specialists.
- Lectures that aim at raising awareness about issues pertaining to the institute’s core work.
- Effective participation in many workshops, conferences, seminars on different topics related to the NEID’s mission.
- Consultancy, support, and mentoring services offered to Palestinian students and researchers enrolled in international or local universities and specialized in areas relevant to the institute’s work.
- Following up and covering all local and international events and issues related to the institute’s work and providing general scientific or technical consultancy in a form of press releases or media interviews, when necessary.
- Supporting and incubating creative ideas and tangible energies that can be trusted. This is a pledge that NIED makes and honors.
A. Human Rights Considerations:
NIED welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of any gender, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, social and economic class, educational level, color, immigration status, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability. NIED pays particular attention to individuals or groups who may be at greater risk of negative human rights impacts due to their vulnerability or marginalization and recognize that women and men may face different risks, thus NIED emphasizes several principles that it adheres to both inside and outside the scope of work, which include:
A. 1. Protective and Safe Working Environment
NIED believes that workers and employees should be treated with dignity, respect, and fairness, and should not be subject to harassment, discrimination, forced labor, or inhumane treatment. NIED is working continuously to providing a safe, inclusive work environment for its employees and even for its partners. All the time, NIED support and encourage its employees and partners to fulfill their job duties with integrity and respect toward stakeholders, beneficiaries and the community as a whole. Supervisors and managers working with NIED (part or full time) mustn’t abuse their authority and bush them to delegate duties and tasks to their team members taking into account their competencies and workload. Likewise, NIED expert team members of the partners to follow team leaders’ instructions and complete their duties and tasks professionally and effectively.
A. 2. Empowering Women:
NIED believes in the equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men. Also, it committed to enhancing gender balance in its workforce and empowering women across its value chain. In developing communities, women are often under-represented and under-resourced and through NIED’s projects, we enhance the awareness level of women’s health and their active role in the community. This can have positive impacts on their families, their children’s education, and health, and can also make them less vulnerable to gender-based violence and more resilient against the difficult and complicated current local political and socio-economic challenges.
A. 3. Protection of Vulnerable People (Protection Mainstreaming):
NIED believes that all children, the elderly, women, people with disabilities, and even the internally displaced people during the emergency time have the right to live in dignity, and have the right to be protected from any form of abuse, discrimination, and harm. Also, NIED carries the responsibility to protect them and provide them with a safe environment in all its programs and projects. Therefore, NIED requires all partners and others who have a relationship with the activities of NIED to respect, care and protect vulnerable people in general, including the commitment to implement the policies and effective measures to protect and care for children, women, and young people from abuse and exploitation in all its forms, especially protection from abuse and sexual exploitation, physical, emotional, or any other type of abuse, and give them the right to participate in any decisions related to them while retaining their right to complain in the case of exposure to any abuse or exploitation or event any shape of discrimination or negligence.
A. 4. Complaints and Feedback Mechanism:
NIED is accountable in front of all in the work. With solid and obvious guarantees the right of individuals and organizations to complain if perceived of being subjected to abuse and exploitation within NIED activities, or from staff or representative. NIED has zero-tolerance for corruption and bribery and is committed to listen and address any violation of the rights of workers, service providers, suppliers, contractors, beneficiaries, and local communities. NIED deals with all concerns and complaints quickly, confidentially, and fairly. The necessary procedures are taken in accordance with the approved complaints system. The complaint will not in any way affect the services provided by NIED.
B. Eco-friendly performance and green production approach (sustainable development):
As an environment and development institution, it is essential that we work to minimize our environmental impacts and foster a healthy work environment. We recognize our responsibility to embrace environmentally friendly practices and strive to make sustainable practices toward a green economy and sustainable development that enhance the consumption of natural resources and prevent all types of pollution in order to preserve the healthy life for the current and future generations as same. According to the believes and attitudes of NIED toward the environment, the basic environmental concerns and practices of NIED include:
B. 1. Energy Considerations:
- Using natural light and ventilation where possible.
- The main energy in NIED offices is solar (clean and renewable)
- Purchasing low-energy equipment, particularly in computers and lighting.
- Turn off all lights and equipment when not in use.
- Arranging regular servicing of machinery to ensure operation at maximum efficiency and minimal adverse impact.
- Identify means that reduce energy consumption while operating
- NIED works to introduce renewable energy whenever possible in its projects and programs via avoiding selecting products and items that are heavy consumers of electricity (those utilizing kilns, and machinery), and this might lead to reduced operational costs and positive environmental impacts.
B. 2. Waste Generation and Resources Consumption:
- Minimizing paper usage, primarily through the increasing sophistication of electronic document creation, exchange, and archiving.
- Re-using paper wherever possible.
- Re-using office supplies (folders, envelopes, etc.) as long as they remain fit for their use.
- Recycling materials, including toner cartridges, glass, etc.
- Trying to minimize the use of supplies.
- Proper management of cartridges from printing machines: Cartridges can be refilled instead of disposed of. If refilling is not possible, dispose of responsibly as hazardous waste.
- Safe disposal of electronic waste: When electronic equipment is not sufficient for the needs of the office, it is cleaned properly from data and given away or sold to community organizations or to people in need. If an item cannot be reused, it is sent to be handled by the municipality.
- NIED favoring purchasing durable, toxic-free, reparable, recyclable, and biodegradable products and items.
- NIED has a constant norm toward rationalizing printing, including printing when needed and printing double-sided as a clear policy in the workplace.
- NIED avoid carrying items in disposable plastic bags; use as much as possible reusable bags or reusable containers, or biodegradable containers
- Obtain input materials, packaging materials that are produced in a sustainable manner, whenever available
- Prioritize the use of packaging that could be reused (glass – instead of plastic), or
- Prioritize the use of packaging that could be recycled locally.
- Prioritize the use of biodegradable packaging
- Reduce the packaging weight as much as possible to reduce environmental impacts from extraction of materials and waste production
- Developing computerized forms to collect monitoring data whenever
B. 3. Eco-friendly Performance/Greening of Practices (reducing GHG emissions):
- Obtain materials/products locally when available to reduce transportation
- Favoring purchasing environmentally friendly products.
- Informing and educating our staff regarding the environmental effects of their activities and encourage the staff to read and commit to the environmental policy and adopting eco-friendly performance and practices all the time.
- Placing plant tubs in all rooms of the institution.
- Promote practices that lead to energy and water savings in the offices of NIED
- When buying new equipment, identify if there are alternatives that have less environmental impact in terms of its operation and production and note the importance of environmental considerations in the technical evaluation of tenders.
- Cartridge refilling and proper disposal is also an important issue that was considered, particularly in the absence of hazardous waste collection from small producers.
- NIED working all the time on minimizing e-waste generation caused by a lack of knowledge of e-waste’s environmental impacts and of green hubs/enterprises processing/recycling.
- Utilize carpooling whenever possible / use public transport.
- NIED encourages utilizing spaces of community organizations, women service organizations, or women/youth organizations rather than big hotels which result in enhancing the social positive impacts of the projects as we decrease the travel required for all participants.
- Working on benefiting from online purchasing of raw materials, and sale of products.
- Encourage cooperation with other producers in purchasing and sales to reduce emissions (which also could reduce costs and increase the marketability of all products)
- Identify small packaging businesses that produce environmentally friendly packaging, including packaging products by women and youth; as they could provide tailored packaging solutions for the need of the business while increasing social and environmental benefits.
- Decreasing GHG emissions and waste generation caused by the growing production activities (transport of raw material, energy consumption and its source(s), the release of waste in the soil or water, etc.)
- Encourage and support social, and voluntary initiatives and economic empowerment projects that motivate sustainable environment and encourage green jobs especially for women and youth
- Promote environmental issues through communication and information technology
- Create linkages between green businesses and cooperatives or tourism organizations working focusing on sustainable business
- Working with partners to develop an environmental code of conduct for their works and how to green their performance, and Share the competitive advantages of environmentally friendly products and added marketing strategies that highlight sustainability.
- Identify possible cooperation with other producers in purchasing and sales to reduce emissions.
The organizational structure of NIED consists of the following staffs and bodies:
A. Major Executive Team:
The major executive team of NIED consists of competent experts and specialists who hold high academic degrees and enjoy a wide, professional, and hands-on experience. The executive team shoulders the responsibility of implementing daily tasks and following up work at the institute. Furthermore, the team members demonstrate advanced and professional skills, the fact making them capable of handling large-scale projects, programs, and tasks professionally and competently. The executive team of NIED consists of:
- The director-general
- Projects and programs coordinators
- Secretary and public relations officers
- Administrative and financial affairs officers
B. Team of Specialists, Experts, and Consultants:
NIED maintains good relationships with a big number of experts and specialists with whom the institute reciprocate trust and respect besides years of partnership. NIED works with specialists under clear contracts and hires them, upon request, to work on projects, which need specialized and rare knowledge or skills. Moreover, such specialists enjoy experience and competence in different fields of study, such as:
- Business management, strategic planning, and building up structures of different institutions
- Accounting, commerce, and financial affairs
- Life skills, human development, and capacity building
- Architecture, applied sciences, and infrastructure enhancement
- Humanities, social sciences, psychology, and sociology
- Project evaluation and assessment, surveys, reporting, and feasibility studies
C. Performance Enhancement Team:
NIED keeps contact with a number of specialists and experts in different fields whose job is developing the performance of the institute and the quality of delivered services. The same team is responsible for enhancing the work mechanisms of the institute compatible with advanced techniques and modern standards when needed. The responsibilities of the performance enhancement team cover the following aspects
- Computer and information technology
- Translation, editing, and proofreading
- Management, accounting, and development plans
- Strategic planning and developing project proposals
The team of NIED has developed strong relations with a big number of consultancy offices and organizations that carry out specialized tasks. The institute contracts such bodies, when necessary, to implement certain projects and to ensure high-quality and professional achievement within a project timeframe.
1. International organizations:
A. Institutions of studies and research located outside of Palestine that NIED’s team have cooperated with or visited:
- University of Antwerp, Belgium
- University of Ghent, Belgium
- Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, University of Antwerp, Belgium
- Flemish Marine Institute (VLIZ), Ostend, Belgium
- Vision on Technology for a Better World (VITO)
- Waste Water Treatment Plant (IWVA), Belgium
- Center of Applied Environmental Technology, University of Ghent, Belgium
- National Research Center, Cairo Egypt
- High Institute of Public Health. Alexandria, Egypt
- Arab Academy for Science, Technology, & Maritime Transport, Alexandria, Egypt
- Institute of Engineering and Science, University of Science, Malaysia
- Universiti Kuala Lumpur-Malaysia -Institute of Chemical and Bio-Engineering Technology (UniKL-MICET)
B. International organizations located in Palestine that NIED’s staff has cooperated with to implement projects in the Gaza Strip:
Oxfam, Islamic Relief Palestine, Save the Children, European Union, The United Nations/Global Environment Facility (GEF), UNICEF, AECID, CERAI, BMZ, ACF, GTZ, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees UNRWA, International Committee of Red Cross, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Palestine & Jordan, World Bank, Italian Cooperation in the Palestinian Territories , World Health Organization (WHO), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and International Center of Agricultural Research in Drainage Areas (ICARDA).
2. Gaza-Based Organizations:
A. Educational Institutions:
- Al-Azhar University Gaza
- The Islamic University of Gaza
- University of Palestine
- Gaza University
B. Governmental bodies, ministries, and municipalities:
- Environment Quality Authority
- Ministry of National Economy
- Palestinian Water Authority
- Ministry of Education
- Ministry of Agriculture
- Ministry of Health
- Municipality of Gaza, Municipality of Khan Yunis, and Municipality of Rafah, and the majority of municipalities in the Gaza Strip
- Gaza Governorate, Khan Yunis Governorate and the majority of the Gaza Strip’s governorates.
C. Gaza-Based NGOs:
Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee (PARC), MA'AN Development Center, Coastal Municipality Water Utility (CMWU), Palestinian Environmental Friends Associations-Rafah (PEF), Youth Empowerment Center (YEC), Palestinian Institute for Communication and Development (PICD), Palestinian Hydrology Group (PHG), Ruwad al-Tatweer-Company Pioneer, Union of Health Work Committees, Municipal Development and Lending Fund (MDLF), Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM), Green Knowledge Society, Palestine Media Forum, Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), Palestinian Olympic Committee, Palestine Trade Center, TAMI Institute, A M Qattan Foundation, the European Gaza Hospital, Remedial Educational Center, Women for Palestine Center, Community Training and Crisis Management Center, Yabous Charitable Society Rafah, Communication Forum Society Nuseirat, Bayader for Environment & Development Association Khan Yunis, Generations of Creatively and Development Society Gaza, Women Programs Society, Future Development Commission Beit Lahia, Al-Aqsa Sports Club, Al-Musader Club, Al-Ahlyia Association for the Development of Palm & Dates (ASDPD), Developing Rural Women al-Slaqa Valley, Association of Beit Hanoon Cooperative Agriculture, Association Family Development Beit Hanoun, Juzur al-Zaytoon Association, and Zakher Association.
3. The West Bank-Based Organizations:
- Birzeit University
- The Palestinian Olympic Committee
- Miramis Company
- Sky Professional for Consultations
The key objective of NIED is the improvement of the life of a Palestinian individual through enhancing the concepts of sustainable development that protect the environment and all of its components, ensure economic development and prosperity, and safeguard social justice and stability. The Institute accomplishes its primary objective through the implementation of all kinds of developmental projects and emergency and non-emergency appeals utilizing the best tools and methods compatible with technological advances and after a thorough study for available recourses and capabilities.
NIED has many special objectives set up to achieve the institute’s key objective, which includes:
- Being a leading institution that incubates highly competent staff and professional technical and scientific experiences. The institute assumes the responsibility of implementing projects, programs, and developmental and environmental interventions with solid professional skills and mechanisms trusted by clients
- Preparing competent staffs and professional experts who are qualified to work as technicians or trainers, thus ensuring the communication of cultural values to and raising awareness among all social groups and contributing to development and prosperity in a broad sense
- Enhancing the performance and developing plans, programs, strategies for institutions, companies, and NGOs at environmental, health, managerial, financial, planning, and evaluation levels in addition to monitoring, following-up, and enhancement
- Reserving the limited environmental and water resources in Palestine through the implementation of relevant projects that target people and infrastructure equally
- Promoting and enhancing human rights and providing protection to the most vulnerable groups such as children, women, and elderly people. NIED puts all these groups into consideration while planning or implementing environmental, managerial, economic, social, cultural, or other projects or programs.
- Activating and enhancing the role of women and youth in development at all levels for that these groups enjoy an integral and critical role in development and prosperity.
Scope of Work:
The environment and natural resources:
- Management of the water sector
- Integrated management of solid and hazardous waste
- Water treatment and recycling
- Beach protection and management of the maritime environment
- Soil pollution and combating desertification
- Climate change and impacts on people and the environment
- Environmental laws and policies
- Environmental impact assessment and environmental planning and inspection
- Environmental tourism and biological diversity Media, education, and environmental awareness
- Environmental and social initiatives and campaigns
- Emergency and catastrophe management and disaster risk reduction
Public health and personal hygiene
- Public health and social hygiene
- Personal hygiene
- Food security and healthy food
- Protection from diseases and epidemics
- A healthy environment and tackling pollution
Management, economy, evaluation, and following-up:
- Management, evaluation, and following-up on the implementation of projects and programs
- Building up organizational structures of institutions and strategic planning
- Implementation of project evaluation activities and reporting
- Writing project proposals and fundraising
- Participating in the preparation of plans and programs of architectural and constructional projects
Family development and building up society:
- Environmental and social surveys
- Awareness-raising and cultural values-promoting programs
- Modifying social behaviors and promoting certain issues
- Environmental lobbying and advocacy campaigns
- Home visits and family education
Scientific research and surveys:
- Conducting scientific researches and surveys
- Developing references and sources on NIED‟s core work
- Preparing all kinds of manuals and educational theoretical or practical materials
- Conducting evaluation studies and developing indicators
- Developing different data collection methods to suit a study population
- Analyzing and studying the findings of surveys and researches and presenting the final draft in the most appropriate way
Training and capacity building:
- Conducting all kinds of training: specialized or general training programs
- Preparing training and scientific materials for a target group
- Drawing up training tools and methods appropriate for a certain training material and target group
- Preparing indicators and assessment tools and evaluating the outcomes of a training program
- Preparing theoretical and practical activities and exercises for different training programs