The Coalition for Accountability and Integrity- AMAN, Gaza Office, held a study day in conjunction with the annual conference held in Ramallah, to present the main results of the corruption report and to explore a number of relevant topics.
Fathi Sabbah, chairman of the Board of Directors of The Palestinian Institute for Communication and Development (PICD), spoke on behalf of AMAN’s local partners on the experience of partner organizations in monitoring the performance of public institutions. He said that the reinforcement of the role of civil society organizations in the monitoring of public institutions and the subjection of officials of all ranks to the practices of accountability would greatly contribute to curbing corruption.
Sabbah stated that the program executed by AMAN aimed at raising the awareness of partner organizations on all aspects of anti-corruption. It also worked on developing the internal and external environments of said organizations in order to render them more compatible with the requirements of integrity, transparency and accountability.
In the session headed by Dr. Kamal al-Sharafi on the report concerning the role of the Legislative Council’s institutions in combating corruption, the researcher Dr. Mazin Noor, who is the Dean of Law School at Umma University, spoke of the working paper previously prepared by AMAN. The paperfocused on the role of the Legislative Council in the Gaza Strip in combating corruption through three main channels: the legislative function of the council and its role in fighting corruption; the legislative monitoring and its role in combating corruption; the general budget and the role of the Legislative Council in this regard.
Dr. Nafith al-Madhoun, the General Secretary of the Legislative Council, Legislative Council members Huda Na’im and Jamil al-Majdalawi all stressed that the central role of the council should be the monitoring of the performance of executive branches of government. Some of them remarked on the report.
The second session was headed by Wa’el Ba’loushah, the Director of AMAN in the Gaza Strip, explored the role of civil society organizations in combating corruption. it presented the experience of partner organizations in monitoring the performance of public institutions. Muhsin abu-Ramadan, who is a representative of network of civil society organizations, and Tahysir Muheisin, Board Member of the Development Studies Institute, both stressed the importance of activating the role of civil society organizations in enhancing the values of integrity, accountability and transparency in the Palestinian society.
during the third session which was led by AMAN’s board member Andaleeb Idwan, the Memos of Understanding and cooperation agreements were signed. The signatories were AMAN, Coalition, represented by vice chairman of the BOD Dr. Kamal al-Sharafi and representatives of governmental Media Bureau, the High Judicial Institute, Ummah University, the Administration and Policy Academy of High Studies and the Engineers Association.