Ministry of Social Development and MIFTAH organize workshop for drafting the ministry’s 2020-2022 budget preparation
July 06, 2019

Ramallah – Deputy Minister of Social Development Daoud Al Deek and MIFTAH Policy Dialogue and Good Governance Program Director Lamis Shuaibi launched a workshop last week to review objectives and outputs of the ministry’s strategic plan as part of the preparation of the ministry’s 2020-2022 draft budget. The ministry’s senior administration, the budget and planning teams, directors and representatives of joint planning groups and the Ministry of Finance’s general administration for the budget all attended the workshop along with Assistant Deputy for Directorate Affairs, Anwar Hamam.

The Deputy Minister stressed on his ministry’s keenness to prepare a realistic and accurate budget that takes the current context into consideration and the difficult circumstances surrounding the Palestinian cause. Al Deek said the aim was for the budget to be relatable to citizens and to their benefit according to the policies of the 18th government, which seeks to provide services that positively impact citizens.

Al Deek maintained that the new budget would address the various services and programs in a realistic manner, first and foremost the cash transfer program. Other priority issues would also be addressed such as the “Thuraya Center” for persons with severe disabilities. He said the ministry also seeks to prepare a budget that provides ministry services according to a rights based approach that guarantees services to the elderly and to persons with disabilities.

Al Deek continued that the ministry believes in the important role of partner institutions in raising the quality of services provided to citizens, in addition to the supporting role of institutions in backing the ministry’s efforts in combatting multidimensional poverty, exclusion and marginalization especially of the most vulnerable sectors. He reiterated that the ministry has become more open in divulging its financial information to the public, also commending MIFTAH’s role in supporting these approaches. He stressed on continuing the institutionalization of partnership and cooperation in order to promote a participatory approach in drafting and formulating fiscal policies and guaranteeing broad-scale and active community participation in the process of preparing the public budget. This, Al Deek said, coincides with the principles of international transparency and approaches at the official level in promoting the values of integrity, transparency and guaranteeing that interventions respond to citizens’ needs.”

In her speech, Shuaibi reaffirmed that the model of cooperation between the Ministry of Social Development and MIFTAH can serve as an incentive for other ministries to take on the same experience. She commended the openness of the ministry and its progressive thinking on the principles of good governance, which she said contributed to the building of a strategic partnership that was capable of addressing the challenges facing both sides and contributed to promoting a dialogue between the ministry and civil society.

Shuaibi also said this cooperation was part of MIFTAH’s strategic goals, through which it seeks to promote the principles of good governance among all components of Palestinian society. This she maintained, is achieved through focus on participation and dialogue in order to impact policies supportive of the most marginalized sectors of society, including women, youth and the disabled.

The workshop included a general overview of the vision , message and strategic goals of the Ministry of Social Development for 2017-2022 and its various programs. It also presented the results of the executive plan review and an analysis and review of the target matrix, outcomes, outputs and the budget for each of these.