REFORM holds a workshop on developing the good governance tools for a number of NGOs in Palestinian camps

Over the course of four days, The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development-REFORM carried out a workshop at the Innovation Hub to enhance the good governance practices and manuals within institutions located in refugee camps. The workshop also aimed at empowering and enhancing the capacities of employees, promoting social accountability on the performance of these institutions to be able to design interventions that are better responsive to needs of the public.

With the participation of The Popular Committees in Askar, Balata, Ein Al-Sulltan and Aqabat Jaber Camps, Al- Aroub Centers for Women and Youth, Ahli Balata Club, Askar Youth Camp, Askar’s Center for Special Needs, and Al Amaari Women Center, the workshop worked to develop the participants’ concept of good governance to contribute to developing a collective vision and an inclusive system that empowers all components and enhances their participation. In fact, this comes as part of REFORM’s vision which seeks to promote the transparency and accountability systems of grassroots organizations and to enable them of observing public resources properly to enhance the living conditions of Palestinians.

Furthermore, the workshop focused on the concepts of transparency, accountability and participation and their impact on the performance of institutions, as they were able to identify the gaps and obstacles within their institutions by reflecting on their performance.

Mohammad Rabahi, a participant from the Popular Committee of Balata Camp said that this workshop has helped him identify the right ways to implement good governance tools, and get acquainted with different work environments adopted by institutions in other Palestinian camps.

This activity is part of the Innovation Hub – Sociocultural Platform which seeks to contribute to bridging the gaps between the various community components on both social and economic levels; providing a safe and interactive platform to enable all members of different groups of society to participate in decision making processes, especially youth and women; and to improve their living conditions by developing untraditional production patterns, enhancing cooperation and partnership between targets groups, and increasing social responsibility of the private sector.

This work has been achieved with Facilitating Social Participation of Palestinian Refugees – GIZ implemented on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).