Bimkom strives to impact government policies and practices using three main channels:
-Assistance to communities on the ground;
-Research and reports
-Advancing policy changes that are mindful of the community’s needs
Bimkom works at the institutional level, where we conduct research and write reports whose findings we use to advocate vis-à-vis policy and decision makers, on the local and national level (government ministries, municipalities, the planning institutions, and the Civil Administration in the West Bank). We also take legal measures against inappropriate or discriminatory planning, when necessary. Bimkom works together with the community – its councils and representatives, and pays special attention to women’s perspectives and needs, particularly in traditional societies. We help communities define their housing and other needs or submit planning objections, as needed, calling for modifications to outline plans. We identify opportunities in existing plans to advance the construction of public services such as schools, kindergartens, health clinics and roads, and we advise and support the community in presenting their position vis-à-vis the planning authorities.