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Date posted: December 11, 2019
By MIFTAH

Ramallah 6/11/2019 MIFTAH completed a series of training workshops on the conceptual framework for public and participatory budgets, which targeted members of the joint planning council in Jericho. The workshops are part of the ongoing cooperation between MIFTAH and the Ministry of Social Development, aimed at promoting the participatory approach and principles of transparency and accountability in the preparation of the Ministrys budget.

MIFTAH and the ministry both seek to build the capacities of members of the joint planning councils in West Bank districts and provide them with information and skills to promote their participation in monitoring the needs of local communities in accordance with the exclusivity of each district. They also seek to support the ministry in translating their reconsideration of a services-oriented approach instead of an assistance-based one, through a shift towards adopting developmental instead of relief policies and to overcome the challenges that threaten the developmental approach imposed by the reality of living under occupation.

Opening the workshop, Mr. Youssef Dajani, on behalf of MIFTAHs Board of Directors, reiterated the importance of the integrative role with official institutions, especially the Ministry of Social Development given its pioneer role in providing spaces for the participation of citizens and their representatives to guarantee the integration of their needs in the planning process and in developing fiscal policies in line with the ministrys role in adopting policies to promote social protection for every Palestinian citizen, especially those most vulnerable and marginalized.

Deputy assistant minister, Anwar Hamam thanked MIFTAH for its continuous support, which he said allowed the ministry to adopt mechanisms for promoting transparency in its budgets and for adopting the participatory approach in planning and preparing its budgets based on the needs of its beneficiaries. He said the ministry wanted to institutionalize cooperation between the ministry and the joint planning councils through these training workshops given that they include several institutions partnered with the ministry in every district. He also said the ministry wanted its planning operations to include representatives from various social sectors, namely women, the elderly, the disabled and youth.

Dr. Hamdan Taha, Academic Deputy at Al Istiqlal University, concluded by saying that the joint planning councils are a model for national action which allow community-based institutions and municipalities in the district to invest their efforts in cementing the principles of transparency in fiscal policies in order to offer better services to citizens on the one hand, and to reflect the peoples aspirations and expectations towards the services provided by official parties on the other. He also said they promoted social monitoring over the performance of private sector institutions.

The workshops are part of a series of qualitative interventions implemented by MIFTAH in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development within the course of strategic action towards the institutionalization of the participatory approach and the principles of good governance and social justice, aimed at developing and implementing fiscal policies that serve the public good. MIFTAHs interventions are part of its OXFAM-funded project, Finance for Development.

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