The Arab Thought Forum (ATF) is committed to the belief that state structures must be developed to serve and be responsive to an active and critical public, which is conscious of its obligations and duties, as well as its rights and entitlements
Conferences and Symposia 2005
To adopt the Integrity Index and developing relative recommendations on the transparency in local government.
Date: 16 June 2005, Ramallah With the participation of 98 citizens including 12 women. Khalid Al Qwasmi, Ministr of Local Government. Burhan Jarar, PLC member. Marouf Zahran,Local Government Union. Ahmad Gnim, Deputy of Local Government and Omar Samha, Local Government advisor.
1. Importance of developing integrity index and make it available for implementation 2. Activate the role of the ministry of local government in monitoring, follow up and training of local government councils 3. Amend the local government law to respond bore to the needs of the local councils 4. Fairness in allocating resources 5. The importance of regional planning 6. Importance of citizens participation 7. Importance of training and town management 8. The necessity of reforming the Palestinian Council for Jerusalem as a capital of Palestine
Joint committee formed from the ministry and ATF has been assigned to further develop means to implement the integrity index.