Who We Are

Zimam (“reins” or “taking the initiative” in Arabic) is a pioneering grassroots youth movement that challenges the status quo. Taking a domestic approach to conflict resolution, we work with the leaders of tomorrow to build a more democratic, actively engaged and pluralistic society. 


We believe that the key to social and economic prosperity on the one hand and ending the occupation on the other is one and the same: accountable leadership and a responsible society.


 Inspired and driven by values of democracy, pluralism, non-violence and responsibility, we are building the foundations for a peaceful future. A future where we live in a sovereign and prosperous Palestinian state free from occupation.

It is a dream that gets me out of bed every morning. A dream of a Palestine that is free.
Free from occupation. Free from extremism.
Free to engage with and contribute to a more peaceful world.
— Abdallah Hamarsheh, Executive Director

What we do

We work across nine governorates in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Our programs empower young people and transform public thinking, fostering respect for others, building peace and instilling democratic attitudes. We do what we do because we believe that our communities deserve better and because we trust that we have the talent and capabilities to make real change.

Zimam is like my second family. When I’m feeling hopeless, Zimam always reminds me to keep going, and that change is possible.
— Qais, 22 years old, Nablus