Women Supporting Women

Dalia’s through WSW program aims at; putting decision-making in the hands of grassroots women, enabling them from defining and answering to their priorities, activating the role of the Palestinian Diaspora in the developmental process, utilizing resources that already exist and encourage grantees direct accountability to their local constituency rather than an external donors.
“Women Supporting Women” (WSW) is a program that builds leadership through “culture change” in women’s and villages networks. WSW empowers and trains women, through direct experience, to decide how to use community development resources and mobilize their own capacities – both as individuals and in women’s networks – to strengthen their assets and increase their impact. We hope to contribute to women’s empowerment and leadership within their families and communities, improved development practice, and the long-term sustainability of women’s groups and networks through sharing resources.

Program Objectives

  • Put decision-making about grant funds in the hands of grassroots women by asking them to responsibly and professionally evaluate their work, as well as the work of their peers.
  • Empower women to decide themselves who their own leaders are, and enable the development of leadership towards the implementation of the inspirational initiatives.
  • Invest various types of support (training, advice, encouragement, and small grants) in promising women leaders in a targeted geographic area.
  • Develop new relationships among grassroots women’s activists and small groups that be sustained beyond the project period.

Grant Program 2012-2013

Dalia Foundation seeks to build the capacity of Women grassroots civil society Associations in several aspects which they lack and that limits the ability of these groups of continuing to service their communities, some of these aspects are:

  • Decision-making through putting grants distribution decision in the hands of women grassroots and according to their criteria.
  • The ability to determine the association prioritizes by implementing the appropriate projects or activities that enable groups to continue servicing their communities.
  • using and mobilizing local resources by evolving local community in participation.
  • Activating the role of the local society in monitoring and evaluating of their community associations.
  • The ability to do financial and administrative planning.
  • The ability to prepare budgets for projects to avoid financial deficits.
  • The ability to do evaluation and measuring impact.
  • The ability to do networking, participate efficiently and link associations with sources.
  • Integrate the grassroots associations with philanthropy program which can guarantee self reliance for the associations and reduce the dependence on foreign aid.

The program implementation stages:

- Phase 1:

  • Determine the geographical area, and make a survey on women associations. Then follow the announcement of the grant through various means of media. After that Dalia coordinates with the official authorities in the governorates to facilitate the task of receiving and delivering applications for projects.
  • Visit municipalities, chamber of commerce and those who are willing to cooperate. Communicate with them through official letters.
  • Receive applications and sort them according to sets of criteria.
  • Communicate with grassroots associations that applied and decide on visits to fill in informative form with each association.


-Phase 2:

  • The number of associations applying for the grant of the program is within the following table:

  • To know the associations that won with the program grant click here.
  • Conduct a series of central visits to each district with the attendance of 15 women representing 5 women associations that won with the grant. The focus is on the head of association, Treasurer and Secretary so that the training won’t be limited to one woman. The training introduces them to the procedures, clarifies the capacity building program for groups and identifies the problems faced by grassroots associations in the implementation of projects.
  • Practical application accompanied with theoretical training and giving the women the chance to learn through the implementation of projects.
  • Self-evaluation by the groups to their projects and compare between their position before and post the grant and the capacity building.

-Phase 3:

  • Focus on empowering groups in term of: evaluation, networking and working as a network, and integration with philanthropy program through opening a philanthropy fund in each district in which Dalia implemented the program.
  • Check the projects through field visits.
  • Continue to evaluate the program and write the final report.
  • Follow up with the associations within the network system.

To see all the reports for Tulkarem Distrect:
1. Daer AL Ghsoun Cooperation, Click here
2. Women Programs Center -  Nour Shams, Click here
3. Awareness and Heritage Association for Women- Atie, Click here
4. Kufer EL –Alabad Association, Click here
5. Rameen Charitable Women Association, Click here

To see all the reports for Qalqilya Distrect:
1. Al-Nabi Ilyas Association, Click here
2. Women Association for Fighting Poverty, Click here
3. Al Ashqar Charitable Association for Women Development, Click here
4. Flameyah Charitable Association for Women, Click here
5. The Cooperative Associations for Saving and Lending, Click here

To see all the reports for Jericho Distrect:
1. Sanabel Reef Association, Click here
2. Al Nouwe’meh Cooperation for the development of Handicrafts, Click here
3. Al-Ouja Cooperation for Rural Development, Click here
4. Tree of Life Heritage Association, Click here
5. Association of Feminist Activism, Click here

Grant Program 2011


Grant Program 2010:

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