RIWAQ is a Ramallah based non profit organization whose main aim is the protection and development of architectural heritage in Palestine.
Riwaq’s Team includes 13 professionals, of architects, administrators, one historian and one archeologist.
Riwaq currently has two funding agreements Sida- the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and one funding agreement with the Ford Foundation.
In addition to actual conservation projects Riwaq has a research and publication Unit.
Riwaq’s main partners include: cultural heritage agencies, relevant PNA Ministries specifically Municipalities and local village councils, as well as cultural institutions.
Riwaq’s main mission is to protect and develop the architectural heritage in Palestine, hence Riwaq’s objectives are:
- Renovate neglected historic buildings turning them into usable public places for the community and providing job opportunities for a large number of unemployed workers in Palestine.
- prepare protection plans for historic centres of towns and villages in the West Bank.
- Document the architectural heritage in Palestine.
- Implement preventive conservation for the historic centres of 50 most important towns and villages in the West Bank.
- Advocate for ratifying the Law of protecting the architectural Heritage in Palestine.
- “Job creation through conservation”
- Preparation of protection plans for old village centres in towns and villages.
- Riwaq’s Registry of historic buildings in Palestine. (Will be published soon)
- Community Outreach activities to spread awareness about architectural heritage in Palestine.
- Photo archive, collecting photographs of historic buildings in the West Bank and Gaza.
- Preventive Conservation for historic centres of towns and villages.