Democracy, Human Rights and Governance

Overview

Municipal employees in Adh Dhahiriyah providing services to local citizens using the new Citizen Service Center and Electronic D
Municipal employees in Adh Dhahiriyah providing services to local citizens using the new Citizen Service Center and Electronic Document Records Management System established under the Local Government & Infrastructure program.
Ahed Izhiman, CHF/Global Communities

The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) efforts to strengthen the institutions of a future Palestinian state focus upon improving democratic governance and increasing civic engagement.

USAID supports the development of Palestinian institutions necessary for a future Palestinian state by promoting the rule of law, increasing civic engagement, and enhancing respect for human rights. These initiatives will help strengthen the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) ability to serve effectively as a governing body by supporting its capacity to meet constituents’ needs. Specifically, USAID works to improve the capacity of PA institutions to deliver high-quality services to the public on a sustainable basis, and enhance communication and coordination between the Palestinian Authority, local governments, and civil society organizations.

USAID impacts in democracy and governance projects include:

  • Establishment of the first Palestinian Judicial Institute. The Institute builds the skills of Palestinian staff working in judicial and administrative positions to improve judicial and legal services. Helped the Palestinian Ministry of Finance create systems that increased property tax collection by 56 percent.
  • Improved the Central Elections Commission’s voter registration capabilities and services.
  • Helped facilitate community-driven planning and oversight of public infrastructure projects in cooperation with 54 municipalities and village councils including schools, roads, youth clubs, and health clinics.
  • Coordination with Palestinian and Israeli authorities to construct and rehabilitate schools in Area C; USAID has completed six schools and preparing the groundwork for six more.

Last updated: April 09, 2014

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