Middle East Peace Projects (EU Partnership for Peace – EUPfP)

Project Duration
Annual budget ranging from €5-10 million

Countries covered:

  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Palestine *

Brief Description

Supports local and international civil society initiatives that promote peace, tolerance and non violence in the Middle East
Covered countries: Israel, Jordan and Occupied Palestinian Territory


The programme supports local and international civil society initiatives that promote peace, tolerance and non violence in the Middle East, seeking to contribute to the rebuilding of confidence within each society and between societies. Initiatives can be undertaken by each of the target countries, individually or jointly, or together with partners from EU Member States or other eligible countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, West Bank & Gaza, beneficiaries of Pre-Accession Assistance or Member States of the European Economic Area).

The EUPfP seeks to strengthen the capacity for conflict resistance and empower marginalised parties as well to build trust between Israelis and Arabs.  

What Does It Do

The EU “Partnership for Peace Programme” supports initiatives in areas which are likely to have a direct impact on Middle East people’s everyday lives and welfare, including practical activities to promote communication and understanding. Projects include finding and implementing mechanisms for conflict management and educating communities about concepts and skills for dealing with disputes and for promoting peace. The EUPfP also seeks to strengthen and increase direct civil society relationships and cooperation, based on equality and reciprocity between Israelis, Palestinians and other Arabs.

A call for proposals is published annually or bi-annually and the selection is made by a specialized evaluation committee. On average, 15-25 projects are selected for each round, with a maximum duration of 36 months, and EU contribution ranging from €100,000 – €500,000. 

Actions in brief

Actions in brief:

  • Implements the EUPfP programme to reinforce civil society organisations acting in peace building and conflict transformation.
  • Increases the base for support to the Middle East peace process.
  • Empowers marginalized communities and strengthens their capacity to conflict resistance.
  • Raises awareness of decision-makers and public opinion on existing visions for peace

Some example of projects implemented:

  • Palestinian-Israeli Peace NGO Forum (civil society)
  • Partners in Business, Partners in Peace: Increasing Capacities for Israeli-Palestinian Business Cooperation
  • Good Water Neighbours: building foundations for peace through education and practical actions that promote just and efficient management of trans- boundary water resources
  • Fair Trade, Fair Peace
  • The Regional Implications of the Establishment of a Palestinian State
  • Breaking the Cycle of Alienation: Coexistence through Education
  • PATENT ‘Partnership for Advocacy, Technology and Entrepreneurship’
  • Russian Speaking Community in Israel and the Peace Process: Bridging the Divide
  • So Far So Close III – Conflict transformation in the most marginalized areas of the West Bank
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