2010 Activities

Initiating the University course: "Integrity, Transparency and Accountability in Combating Corruption" Sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy, and Transparency International

Initiating the University course: "Integrity, Transparency and Accountability in Combating Corruption"  Sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy, and Transparency International

In 2007, AMAN developed a university course entitled: “Integrity, Transparency and Accountability in combating corruption” in collaboration with Birzeit University and a number of academics and Palestinian experts. The curriculum aims at enabling Palestinian youth to recognize the efforts of combating corruption through the theoretical and practical knowledge as well as through identifying the conceptual framework of the integrity system, transparency and accountability. This is perceived as an attempt to enhance the capacity of higher education to effectively contribute to the building of a Palestinian national integrity. The course has already been offered as a pilot phase at two universities in Palestine, namely, Birzeit University in the West Bank where the entire book was studied over a period of four semesters and at the Islamic University in Gaza. Both universities adopted the book and incorporated it in their curricula either as a university requirement for students of the public administration at Birzeit University, or as a pilot stage for the students at the Islamic University.


 At the end of 2009, AMAN and in cooperation with the National Endowment for Democracy adopted the project "Combating Corruption through Education" and performed a comprehensive evaluation for the book by an educational expert. Then AMAN with a number of local experts started revising and developing the reference book. Moreover, an instruction manual has been developed for teachers, where it offers a range of methods and tools, exercises, and case studies to enable teachers to offer the full content efficiently and to render a maximum benefit. In addition to Birzeit University and the Islamic University, three universities in the West Bank have adopted the course, namely, Al-Quds University / Abu Deis, The Arab American University / Jenin and Hebron University / Hebron.  Several new and necessary arrangements have been made in a way to adopt this course at other universities in the Gaza Strip in addition to the Islamic University.

In this regard, the Coalition for Accountability and Integrity "AMAN" held a press conference to launch a campaign for the sake of adopting the reference book to be taught in the fall semester of the academic year 2010/2011 where cooperation agreements between the concerned universities and “AMAN" were signed. AMANs’ Board Chairperson Dr Hanan Ashrawi, its commissioner for Combating Corruption Dr. Azmi Shuaibi and its Executive Director were at the conference.

Dr. Shuaibi reviewed AMANs’ vision and philosophy and explained the need of this book for university students.  A representative of BirZeit University also reviewed the university’s experience in teaching the book in the public administration department. Moreover, the three university representatives also gave a short speech about adopting the course and finally the cooperation agreements were signed.