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To ensure impartial, transparent, and equitable reconstruction and assistance distribution management in the Gaza Strip,
AMAN launches phase 1 of “Clean Hands” campaign in cooperation and partnership with dozens of civil society actors to monitor reconstruction and assistance distribution
Gaza – The Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN) has launched the first phase of the “Clean Hands” campaign in collaboration and partnership with dozens of civil society organisations to monitor reconstruction and assistance distribution in the Gaza Strip. This would ensure transparent, impartial, and equitable distribution of in-kind and cash assistance to rightful recipients across Gaza. AMAN has called on the Ministry of Social Development in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to use the Unified Portal for Social Assistance as a reference point to include the names of all beneficiaries. To serve as a channel for all types of aid, the portal also addresses the duplication of assistance to some recipients, which would undermine the principle of equal opportunities.
The campaign will hold to account responsible and relevant bodies for clear mechanisms for the collection, storage, delivery, and distribution of assistance to beneficiaries. It will look into the application of a disclosure policy, including all information linked to humanitarian assistance. The campaign will also assess compliance with the principles of transparency, periodic reporting, and rules of integrity by official authorities and community organisations in the context of humanitarian assistance provision.
AMAN will place a special focus on developing written, publicly disclosed criteria for the selection of beneficiaries. These are developed along balanced sectoral and geographical lines, taking account of the most affect groups and unemployed persons. Criteria avoid biased selection of beneficiaries on discriminatory grounds, such as tribal, communal, partisan, geographical or gender-based affiliations. Additionally, women, minority groups, and civil society actors are engaged in needs assessment. The process of identifying beneficiaries avoids favouritism, nepotism, and bias. It also keeps away from bribery, extortion, abuse of power or public office, or intimidation with a view to increasing the number of beneficiaries or targeting assistance to particular recipients. AMAN further stresses the need to strengthen oversight and invigorate mechanisms for receiving complaints from citizens. AMAN further highlights the importance of a rapid response to handling public complaints. Equally important is to ensure the implementation of eligibility criteria, assistance delivery, selection, distribution and storage mechanisms, and conduct of relevant personnel.
AMAN will continue to put pressure on responsible bodies to allow room for civil society to access information, participate in the monitoring of cash and in-kind assistance distribution, ensuring integrity and transparency.
AMAN will also provide support to relevant bodies in implementing the Handbook for Preventing Corruption in Humanitarian Assistance, published by AMAN in March 2014. This activity should promote prevention and immunity against the spread of corruption and empower the staff responsible for assistance provision by introducing applicable rules and principles to achieve effective results and bolster citizens’ trust in public institutions. Assistance will be delivered to entitled persons in a way that safeguards human dignity on equitable, impartial, and objective grounds.
Worth noting is that, at a later stage and as soon as Gaza reconstruction is initiated, AMAN will work with partners, including civil society organisations, to promote and call for embracing maximum control over the reconstruction process. AMAN has announced that the campaign will continue until Gaza reconstruction is fully completed.