Dr Ibrahim Natil teaches politics and business at Centre for Talented youth Ireland, Dublin City University. He is an international development consultant, is the founder of Society Voice Foundation in Palestine and has worked for many international organisations, such as the UNDP, and has also contributed a World Bank project. He has also launched and managed more than 56 human rights organisations that deal with women’s empowerment, peace building and good governance in Palestine.
The title of the selected paper for the Robert Chambers Award is “International NGOs: Women’s Engagement in Community Peacebuilding and Development”. In his paper, Dr Natil discusses the approach of International NGOs to women’s engagement in community peacebuilding, specifically in Libya and the Palestinian Occupied Territories. In both these areas, women have been subject to violence and remain, to this day, the most marginalised group facing domestic and political abuse, which constitute a serious threat to both their civic engagement and community participation. The paper also examines the relationship between International NGOs and female leaders of NGOs, who commit to eradicating the phenomenon of domestic violence. Dr Natil used his own professional experience of leading civil society and peacebuilding activities in writing this paper.
The Development Studies Association, Ireland (DSA Ireland) has established this award to celebrate the contribution of Professor Robert Chambers to innovation and research in the field of Development Studies. This award is bestowed upon the author of the most innovative paper presented at the annual DSA Ireland Conference, which has its focus on empowering the world’s underprivileged categories (https://www.dsaireland.org/node/142)
Ibrahim Natil was awarded an MBI Al Jaber Scholarship in 2001. He completed his MA in Diplomatic Studies at Westminster University in 2002 and conclude his PhD at Coventry University in 2011.