Who We Are


Parents as Partners, AJEEC-NISPED, Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development, Negev Bedouin, Early Childhood Education


Who We Are

Founded in 1998, AJEEC-NISPED (the Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation – Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development) is an Arab-Jewish nonprofit organization based in Israel’s Negev, dedicated to strengthening active citizenship through education and economic empowerment.


Since the organization’s inception, our local, regional and international projects have been changing the lives of thousands of participants by promoting equitable democratic societies for communities in transition.


Our Mission


AJEEC-NISPED works towards creating equal, inclusive and flourishing societies. Our programming includes an array of strategies including economic development through formation of cooperatives and social enterprises, volunteerism, quality early childhood education, health promotion, and Jewish-Arab partnership.


  • In Israel we focus primarily on the most marginalized populations, particularly the Negev Arab Bedouin.
  • In the Middle East  we promote a comprehensive peace through people-to-people cross border projects.
  • Internationally we work to advance sustainable human development in societies in transition by education and training projects.


Our programs emphasize community ownership and are holistic, empowering, and culturally competent.