MASHAV is the Hebrew name for Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation

Israel's official international development cooperation program was launched in late 1957 with the aim of sharing with the rest of the developing world the know-how and technologies which provided the basis for Israel's own rapid development. MASHAV, the Hebrew name of Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation, was established as a division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. What started as a modest program focused on grassroots-level human capacity building at a time when Israel itself was still very much a developing country, has blossomed into an extensive program of cooperation throughout the developing world with the aim of ensuring social, economic and environmental sustainable development.

Since its establishment, MASHAV has trained close to 270,000 course participants from approximately 132 countries in Israel and abroad and has developed dozens of demonstration projects worldwide.

MASHAV has consistently made its priority the goal of poverty alleviation, provision of food security, empowerment of women and upgrade of basic health and education services. The formalization of these priorities in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has only caused us to redouble our longstanding efforts to put Israeli solutions at the service of developing countries in order to further their implementation.


MASHAV Capacity Building Program

MASHAV’s Capacity Building Program includes a wide range of training programs for development, showcasing our commitment to share with others our best practices and technologies.

As a member of the family of nations, the State of Israel through MASHAV, shares the global responsibility of striving to achieve worldwide sustainable development and social equity to overcome development challenges with a strong emphasis of leaving no-one behind. In alignment with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, MASHAV addresses development challenges by presenting a comprehensive and holistic approach, including the incorporation of several cross-cutting issues such as gender equality, health, education and environmental issues. Within this context, we believe it is imperative to implement an integrated innovative approach, one that combines all components of development assistance. The history of development activity has taught us all that only a combination of national policy blended with grass-root capacity building can bring about real change. This combination is the backbone of the State of Israel's long standing international development cooperation activity worldwide, as being implemented by MASHAV. According to our almost 60 years of experience, solutions to development challenges lie in the human resource, and therefore, we focus the lion share of our development activities on human capacity building, in accordance with the “training of trainers” approach. I am proud to present to you MASHAV’s Capacity Building Program, which includes a wide range of training programs for development, showcasing our commitment to share with others our best practices and technologies and make them accessible and adaptable to a wide range of global realities and needs.

Sincerely yours,

Ambassador Gil Haskel Head of MASHAV Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation.


 “We must educate the soul and not just the mind” Abraham Heschel, Jewish philosopher and educator 


Education is the bedrock of society. Basic conceptions about education have been changing in recent years throughout the world, spurred by phenomena that accompanied the arrival of the new millennium. Immigration patterns, demographic growth, the Internet and globalization have significantly influenced thinking about the development of human resources. The concept of a “knowledge-based economy” has become central to worldwide development efforts.

Today, in the information age, a country is as strong as the knowledge it holds. The development of any nation rests with its human capital and its ability to generate new ideas and foster skills. Education is the foundation of the economic, social and civil development of any nation; it increases human well-being, and is a decisive factor in enabling people to become productive and responsible members of society. A fundamental prerequisite for development is an effective educational system that is accessible to all.

The role of the educator has changed: educators are facilitators who allow the strengths of all children to emerge. The new challenge is to be more than “just a teacher” – it is to become an educator who considers the safety, concerns, and the communities to which children belong to enable them to understand their role in the world and discover how they can make it a better place.


A Window to Innovations in Education - “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn”  John Cotton Dana


The MASHAV EDUCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER - METC- was established in 1989 by Haigud Society for Transfer of Technology, as a professional affiliate of MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The METC works in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Education.

Since its establishment, the METC has trained thousands of participants from all over the world, introducing them to the wealth of knowledge and experience accumulated in Israel, and presented by top experts in the field of social development. The METC contributes to the sustainable development of human resources.

The main area of activities is in the field of education. As stated in the Dakar Framework for Action: “Education for All: Meeting our Collective Commitments”, and adopted by the World Education Forum in April 2000, “Education is a fundamental human right. It is the key to sustainable development and peace and stability within and among countries, and thus an indispensable means for effective participation in the societies and economies of the twenty-first century.”

The METC offers a holistic and inclusive approach to education-related issues, the belief being that education should be flexible and adapt itself to the individual.

The METC focuses on learning at all levels, from elementary and secondary school to adult education, and provides professional training for developing basic skills, civic awareness and education for special populations.

The METC trains key personnel and agents of change in education in capacity building programs in Israel and conducts consulting missions and workshops abroad, aiming to transfer the knowledge gained in Israel in a manner that best suits the partner country’s development strategies.

The METC cooperates with senior staff at Israel’s Ministry of Education, academic experts and governmental and non-governmental organizations. In addition, it cooperates with key international organizations such as UNESCO, OECD, USAID, UNOCD, IOM, the World Bank and the OAS.

Target Population

The METC’s international activities are designed for senior staff of formal and informal educational systems, government officials and senior staffs of NGOs coming from developing countries – all of whom can serve as agents of change. The Center’s guiding principle is to address the specific needs of each country and organization requesting human resource development following a demand-driven approach.

The Center maintains direct contact with the participants and their affiliated institutions both prior to and following the programs, whether in Israel or abroad.The Center maintains direct contact with the participants and their affiliated institutions both prior to and following the programs, whether in Israel or abroad.

Ambassador Aharon Ofri

Ambassador Aharon Ofri

Ambassador Aharon Ofri

Ambassador Aharon Ofri

Credit: Ofri Family

Ambassador Aharon Ofri was born in 1920 in Bratislava, at that time a part of Czechoslovakia. Throughout his life, Aharon was a humanist with a special love for the Jewish people and with complete devotion to public activity, for the community and later for his country.

After Hitler's invasion and occupation of Czechoslovakia, his community decided to honor his contribution and commitment to public activities as part of the youth movement "Bnei Akiva" and in recognition decided to give Aharon, then aged 18, a unique and precious gift, a certificate allowing entry into Palestine. This certificate undoubtedly saved his life and allowed him to escape the Holocaust which decimated the Jewish people in Europe. Aharon lost his entire family in the Holocaust.

When he reached Palestine in the days before the creation of Israel, Aharon decided to implement his love of the land and applied to study at the agricultural school "Mikve Israel" in order to acquire knowledge in this important field and apply it in the establishment of the kibbutzim, one of which he joined at the end of his training and studies.

In the midst of World War II, from 1942 to mid-1945, he agreed to leave his kibbutz and volunteered as an emissary to the Jewish communities in Syria. He was sent to Aleppo to help the communities through those difficult days and played an important role in organizing the local youth in special units that spearheaded the illegal immigration from Syria to Palestine.

At the end of World War II, in 1945, Aharon was called to assist the rehabilitation effort and take part in the rescue and rehabilitation of survivors of the concentration camps in Europe and was sent to Prague and Bratislava in particular. Aharon returned to his hometown and witnessed firsthand the horrors of the destruction of the Jewish community there.

Over a period of two years he helped reorganize the youth movement "Bnei Akiva" in the city, establish orphanages and care centers, and form groups of young people who waited for the moment when it would be possible to bring them to Israel.

In 1947, Aharon moved to France, where he worked in Paris and Marseilles bringing holocaust survivors from all over Europe to France and from there to Israel. While in France he met his wife Zipora and married her.

After the establishment of the state of Israel, Aharon and Zipora returned to the young State of Israel and established their home in Jerusalem. Aharon joined the civil service and his wife Zipora worked in the Israeli Knesset.

In 1960, Aharon joined the ranks of the Foreign Ministry, where he served for more than 30 years, during which he served as the Israel Ambassador to several Latin American and African countries, as well as to the Israel delegation to the UN.

In his work at the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Ofri worked in MASHAV, the Agency for International Development Cooperation. Aharon firmly believed that through cooperation and sharing of agricultural knowledge, technology, and education, Israel can assume a prominent role and take positive action that touches the lives of many. The nascent State of Israel could start to establish foreign relations on a solid foundation of true friendship with developing countries in the world.

Aharon firmly believed that due to its unique circumstances Israel had a moral duty to share the know-how and technologies it developed in such areas as agriculture, community building and desertification with the newly emerging countries in Africa and Asia, and through cooperation foster better relations with the developing countries.

Aharon was a major contributor to formulating MASHAV's philosophy which focuses on training professionals from the developing world to adopt the Israel experience and knowhow and formulate their own solutions to ensure social, economic and environmental sustainable development in their home countries.

The Aharon Ofri International Training Center is a most befitting memorial to the man and his vision. 




Yudith Rosenthal
Noa Karazi Konyok