2 Replies Latest reply: Dec 20, 2017 2:19 PM by wt48 RSS

    Citizen Engagement  (CE) in local units (LUs)

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      The philosophy of CE in Palestine enhances social accountability and reflects the presence of high quality services as well as better payment of fees to local units.

      As it is the local units that deal directly with the citizen. Local units should be supported and encouraged to do more to intensify their activities in this sector.

      The Mayor and members of the local units must also be convinced of the importance of CE. But in Palestine, we have some LUs that are not convinced of participation, and prefer absolute centralization.

      I believe that it is possible that this issue will be taken over by   Municipal Development & Lending  Fund (MDLF) by stipulating the need for citizens to participate in the selection of projects through the activities of the local authorities and that there is a standard in the fund's criteria for CE in the city.

      What I want to discuss is:

      If the Mayor and members is not satisfied or not agree  with the citizen's participation, can we succeed?

        • Re: Citizen Engagement  (CE) in local units (LUs)
          wt48 C4D Extraordinaire

          The point with reference to government officials and/or agencies not being satisfied or not agreeing to explore the potential of CE that @Ra'edSharabati is making is QUITE SIGNIFICANT.  It begs a discussion of how to demonstrate the powerful potential of citizen engagement to assist in development.  It would be great to hear from colleagues on this platform who are aware of examples that help convince local authorities of the value of CE inputs.

            • Re: Citizen Engagement  (CE) in local units (LUs)
              wt48 C4D Extraordinaire
              I neglected to add an invitation to an ICNC webinar "Can People Power Movements Strengthen International Human Rights Law?" on January 11, 2018  ( http://https://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/  Please send your questions, comments and feedback to: webinar@nonviolent-conflict.org )

              "According to Elizabeth A. Wilson, the presenter for this webinar, international human rights law came into existence from the bottom-up efforts of ordinary people in civil society to ally with each other in solidarity and demand their rights, often through organized nonviolent campaigns and movements that pressured elites and power holders to recognize individual rights (freedom for slaves, women’s rights, labor rights, and children’s rights, to name a few). Unlike international law generally, the real source of international human rights law has been the coordinated, organized and nonviolently forceful efforts of individuals—in other words, what one can refer to as people power. Come learn more about the relationship between people power movements and international human rights and how civil resistance campaigns can further strengthen human rights law.


              Elizabeth Wilson is visiting faculty at Rutgers Law School and the author of ICNC's monograph, PEOPLE POWER MOVEMENTS AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS: CREATING A LEGAL FRAMEWORK."