Promoting Reconciliation

Peace-Building through Economic Development in the Middle East

The Near East Foundation (NEF) has been working with PARCC faculty on grant-funded projects to promote peace-building through economic development. In the first such collaboration between NEF and the Maxwell School, Catherine Gerard and Bruce Dayton visited Nablus in March 2013, where they provided input on evaluation and design of a multi-year project called “Olive Oil without Borders.” This initiative aims to build relationships of trust, mutual understanding and collaboration through economic cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian olive oil sectors. In 2014, PARCC will continue its partnership with colleagues at NEF through creation of Youth Agribusiness Partnerships aiming to build relationships of trust and collaboration between Israelis and Palestinians through joint agricultural enterprises that create jobs, promote technical upgrading, and increase access to markets.