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Local aid coordination structure in the State of Palestine

Local aid coordination structure in the State of Palestine

The currently existing aid coordination structure in the State of Palestine was set up following the decision made at the meeting of the AHLC on 14 December 2005 in London to improve the effectiveness of aid coordination structures in providing coherent technical assistance and financial support based on national priorities to the Palestinian people in line with the OECD-DAC Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

At the local level, the coordination structure
[1] currently comprises:

1. A Local Development Forum (LDF) which is open to PA representatives and all donor and aid agencies as well as to the representative of Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA). The LDF is co-chaired by the Ministry of Planning and Administrative Development (MoPAD), together with Norway, the World Bank and the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO). LDF meetings are planned and prepared through meetings of the LDF Co-Chairs and Friends of the Co-Chairs. Since October 2007 LDF meetings have been chaired by the Palestinian Prime Minister.

2. Four Strategy Groups (SGs) which deal with the main clusters of economic policy, governance, infrastructure development and social development and humanitarian issues. The SGs focus on policy formulation and programmatic coordination, and pursue better design of donor projects to support the PA’s sector priorities as well as a higher degree of harmonization of donor procedures. Membership is limited and based on clearly added financial or analytical value of the respective agency.

These four SGs are co-chaired as follows:

The Governance Strategy Group is co-chaired by MoPAD and the Office of the European Union Representative (EUREP); the Economic Strategy Group is co-chaired by the Ministry of Finance and the World Bank; the Social Development Strategy Group is co-chaired by the Ministry of Social Affairs and UNSCO. The Infrastructure Strategy Group is co-chaired by the Ministry of Housing and Public Works and USAID.

3. The SGs are supported by the work of thirteen main sub-groups[2] - namely twelve Sector Working Groups (SWGs) and one Working Group - that report to the SGs. These are functional groups which are the main instrument of coordination between the PA and the donor community at the technical level. The following SWGs currently exist: Agriculture, Fiscal, Private Sector Development and Trade, Water and Sanitation, Municipal Development and Local Governance, Environment, Health, Education, Social Protection, Justice, Public Administration and Civil Service, and Security. In addition, the Working Group on Elections also reports to the Governance SG.

The Infrastructure SG is supported by two Thematic Groups on Solide Waste Management and Affordable Housing.

The Social Development SG is supported by a Humanitarian Task Force.

The Economic SG is further supported by a Micro and Small Finance Task Force, while the Private Sector Development and Trade SWG is supported by four Thematic Groups -TGs  (TG on World Trade Organization, TG on Institution-building, TG on Gaza, TG on Small and Medium Size Enterprises).The Fiscal SWG is supported by a Fiscal Task Force.

The Education SWG is further supported by a Thematic Group on Higher Education, while the Health SWG is supported by the National Nutrition Steering Committee and the following seven Thematic Groups: the Pharmaceutical Thematic Group, the Mental Health Thematic Group, Non-Communicable Diseases Thematic Group, Health Information System Thematic Group, Health Sector Reform Thematic Group, Maternal and Reproductive Health Thematic Group and Health Coordination Thematic Group. 

4. A Task Force on Project Implementation (TFPI) which liaises with the GoI on issues of project implementation and comprises USAID, UNSCO, EUREP, the World Bank. The TFPI has a rotating Chairmanship with each member taking on the position of Chair for a six-month period. The last meeting of the TFPI was held in May 2007.

5. The LDF, SGs, SWGs and TFPI are supported by the Local Aid Coordination Secretariat (LACS). LACS and its seven staff are sponsored/funded by Norway, World Bank, UNSCO, USAID and Netherlands. The work of these groups is further supported by four Strategy Group Coordinators provided by the World Bank, EUREP, UNSCO and USAID.

[1] Please refer to graph on local aid coordination structures

[2] Please refer to matrix on membership in aid coordination structures in the oPT (LDF, SGs and SWGs)