There are some 45 villages, only 12 of which have government recognition.
Residents of the unrecognized villages cannot obtain building permits such that all construction is considered illegal and home demolitions are a common occurrence.
Some of the recognized villages have plans, but they are seldom implemented because of ongoing conflict over land ownership which means that it is near impossible to build legally, and there is no electricity, running water or sewage.
Bimkom promotes recognition, adequate planning and development of Bedouin villages and towns in the Negev in line with their culture, as well as opportunities for economic development.
Bimkom prepared an Alternative Master Plan, which offers practical solutions for recognizing and planning for all of the Bedouin villages and integrating them into the fabric of the Negev.
Practical assistance: We advance planning solutions which answer communities’ needs, and allow for the legalization of existing homes; their protection from the threat of demolition; their connection to vital infrastructure; provision of services and the ability to develop for the future.
The creation of the first-of–its-kind comprehensive research into the causes that bar development in recognized Bedouin villages and recommendations for overcoming these barriers.
Intensive capacity building assistance to the Bedouin so that they will be able to negotiate with the authorities in the long-term. Advocacy and awareness raising among decision makers and planning professionals.