On the 28th of February Integrity Action and the Teachers Creativity Center (TCC) held a Lil Nazaha conference for partners, donors and other relevant stakeholders in Ramallah, Palestine. The main aim of this conference was for participants to be able to explore how they could work together towards achieving greater integrity and social accountability. This included discussions around gender equality and poverty reduction measures.
The timing of the conference, just days after the release of the Palestinian National Development Plan (NDP), allowed for a more productive discussion in terms of the government’s new vision for 2017-2022.
During the event selected stakeholders presented their initiatives and all the participants had the chance to discuss a broad range of topics. A key aspect of the conference was for participants to be able to reflect back on the previews NDP, which in turn allowed everyone to debate what lessons needed to be learnt from it.
Marcus Maier, Development Advisor from the GIZ said: “It was really an interesting event where I had the opportunity to listen to these initiatives as well as meet key stakeholders. In my opinion the main goal now is to combine all the actions and efforts regarding social accountability and to try work together on social accountability”. Ms. Nasser, Head of Gender Unit at Ramallah municipality added that “the event was very positive on all levels and highlighted various topics in a constructive and transparent way. It was good to look at social accountability with a focus on gender and with the new development targets for Palestine in mind.”
The event brought together more than 30 participants, some senior high level stakeholders from UNRWA as well as representatives from different ministries such as the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Local Governance, the Ministry of Social Development, international organisations such as Oxfam, GIZ, and national organisations such as Miftah. It also included women organisations such as HWC, Sharek Youth Forum and the Head of the Gender Unit from the Prime Minister Office.