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Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights

Jerusalem, Israel
Joined June 2019

BIMKOM – Planners for Planning Rights is an Israeli NGO formed in 1999 by a group of planners and architects, in order to strengthen democracy and human rights in the field of planning.

Presence in: Israel, State of Palestine
Focus: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Housing & Sanitation, Land & Natural Resources, Traditional / Customary Justice

Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights, is an Israeli human rights organization formed in 1999 by a group of professional planners and architects, in order to strengthen democracy and human rights in the field of spatial planning and housing policies, in Israel and in Area C of the West Bank, which is under Israeli control. Drawing on values of social justice, good governance, equality and community participation, Bimkom advances the development of planning policies and practices that are more just and respectful of human rights, and responsive to the needs of local communities. Bimkom strives to assist the weakest sectors of society through research and reports, community planning assistance and through awareness raising among planning authorities. We work with both Jewish and Arab communities among others, in attaining fair, equitable and appropriate planning of the physical spaces in which they live. Bimkom has assisted hundreds of local communities throughout Israel and areas of the West Bank with issues ranging from home demolitions and lack of plans to provision of necessary infrastructure and affordable housing.

People Associated With This Organization

Alon Cohen

Israel  
Bimkom – Planners for Planning...
Joined June 2019
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Economic Empowerment, Housing & Sanitation, Land & Natural Resources, Women's Rights
Am an Architect and urban planner which is working with communities in Palestine (West Bank), Israel, Namibia and Kenya.
I am the head of the planning and community department at "Bimkom - Planners for Planning Rights".
I have a Master degree in international community development from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
My main interest and knowledge relating to the issues of housing, displacement, land rights, collaborative and community planning and development.

The reason for me to join this network stem from my belief in sharing knowledge, networking and collaborations. I came across Namati by mistake through a video about protecting community land.

https://namati.org/ourwork/communityland/
Alon Cohen is the network champion (main point of contact) for Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights.

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