For the past 20 years AJEEC-NISPED has been training community leaders, government officials and directors of enterprises from developing countries.
We conduct training programs in the following areas:
- Promotion and development of cooperatives and social enterprises.
- Informal education and leadership.
- Maternal and child health.
- Women’s Empowerment as a mean to Community Development
- Community resilience and emergency preparedness.
- Community development in on the edge of the desert.
- Agricultural for Rural Development.
All of our training programs use community-based approach and combine theoretical studies with first-hand experience from state-of-the art models that have shown success in the field.
Our training facilities are located in Beer Sheva and include modern classrooms, accommodation, dining and leisure facilities.
In addition, we offer consultancy services for the development and implementation of projects in these areas.
Since the founding of NISPED, the programs and Development Projects has engaged thousands of students and cooperatives leaders from Africa, Asia, South America including China, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Nigeria, South Sudan, DRC, Republic of Congo, Zambia, Haiti, the Palestinian Authority Jordan and more.
Cooperative Training Center
Our expertise specializes in the development of cooperatives, with a focus on the strong correlation between the business management and community development aspects as a prerequisite for the success of a cooperative. We want to help cooperatives both to have a positive social impact and succeed commercially. We acts as Knowledge center for the Israeli Cooperative movement, sharing our experience and expertise through programs and projects designed to support the successful establishment and management of cooperatives in partner countries.
UN agencies, particularly the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Labor Organization (ILO), recommend the formation of cooperatives as a measure to address the challenge of eradicating poverty in rural villages. Research has demonstrated that organizing farmers in the framework of cooperatives enables them to compete successfully in global markets, thus improving their socioeconomic status. Cooperatives empower farmers and ensure them a central place in local development processes.
Topics for training courses include but are not limited to:
- Introduction to international cooperative and rural community development
- Integration of farmers into cooperative frameworks
- Roles of small businesses and cooperatives in the development of villages
- Connecting regional manufacturers to the global marketplace
- Introduction to models from Israel and the international arena.
NISPED seeks to cooperate with institutions in Israel and elsewhere that share our interests and approach. Foremost among these are the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), CEDP – Cooperative Europe Development Project and CIDP – Cooperative International Development Project, the cooperative branch of the ILO and the Israeli cooperative movement and IsraAID. We are recognized as a cooperative training center by the Global HRD Committee of ICA, by COPAC (the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives, whose members include the ILO, the ICA and the FAO), as well as by MASHAV (which is the Center for International Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel).