- Isam Haj Hussien Acting Director
- Hama Zidan Director of the Advocacy and Legal Advice Center
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Irsal St, Remawi Building , 1st floor
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Major Current Activities
AMAN’s reports share that over the years, there has been an enhancement of citizens participating in initiatives promoting integrity and corruption whistle blowing. Among the main obstacles that weakened citizens participation in the culture of whistle blowing is the lack of citizens knowledge of their role and the know how in protecting public funds from waste as well as the absence of whistle blowing protection laws.
Through the core program Phase IV, AMAN, through ALAC (Advocacy and Legal Advice Center) and outreach activities, was able to reach a large number of citizens, especially the marginalized and most vulnerable including youth and women. Through this phase, AMAN succeeded in building strong relationships with the Ministry of Education (MoE) through implementing the annual project “Students’ Projects against Corruption” where more than 5000 student and 200 teachers participate. AMAN also enhanced its cooperation with universities, resulting in an increase of one college and one university in adopting the textbook developed by AMAN on integrity, principles of transparency, and systems of accountability (ITA) and anti-corruption. On another level, one university in Gaza requested that in 2013 undergraduates conduct some research related to anti-corruption. AMAN gave lectures at a number of universities on the importance of investigative reporting and money laundering. Also worth mentioning is that several countries attending AMAN’s presentation of this work in the Anti-Corruption Conference in Brazil in 2012, including Yemen, Kuwait and Morocco, have adopted this concept and are working on conducting their own initiatives.
These come in addition to the breakthrough initiative with the Ministry of Al-Awqaf encouraging preachers to play their role in raising the citizens’ awareness of ITA and the importance of reporting corruption. AMAN also recognized the importance of media and new technology, including the social media and websites, in spreading the culture of whistle blowers. During Phase IV, AMAN initiated a radio broadcast program for raising citizens’ awareness of ITA and the importance of whistle blowing, as well as the rights of citizens and media in accessing information. As a result, the number of complaints received by ALAC increased, and the number of investigative reports by journalists also increased. In addition, more than 900 bloggers established a social network and became very active in exposing several corruption cases and initiated a debate among journalists via social media.
The partnership agreements between local NGOs and AMAN (24 agreements) achieved much more than implementing certain small projects. These organizations were AMAN’s right hand in implementing activities and initiatives that empowered thousands of youth on ITA through the whole geographical areas in Palestine, including the Gaza Strip. Many of these organizations decided to continue working on developing anti-corruption initiatives after finalizing granted projects, and are investing efforts in securing funds and local volunteers for implementation. AMAN also focused on unifying their efforts through exchange of experience, networking, and participating actively in lobbying and in monitoring the implementation of UNCAC (United Nations Convention against Corruption) and the issue of public expenditures (participatory governance). Despite this progress, a significant volume of work is needed to further strengthen present weaknesses and to secure the sustainability of the above mentioned initiatives.
During Phase V of the program, AMAN will focus more on strengthening the capabilities of NGOs (mainly its current partners), grassroots based organizations, and partners of official and non-official youth institutions, as well as the continuity of support from the media to offer adequate number and quality awareness, social accountability, and monitoring programs on combating corruption. This will include expanding and strengthening the outsourcing program, including in-depth capacity building program and expanding the cooperation with the Ministry of Education and universities to target more students and teachers in the social accountability projects. AMAN will fully encourage and support technically and financially the implementation of creative initiatives, particularly those submitted by youth, journalists, bloggers, and publishers. AMAN will invest and build on what has been achieved with the work on the media in the previous phase through networking and institutionalizing their efforts, enhancing their capacity in preparing written and audio/visual investigative reports and programs including broadcast accountability and hearing sessions.