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Governance Strategy Group (GSG)

The overall mandate of the GSG is to support the establishment of a viable Palestinian institutions at the national and local level, based on genuine democratic control, separation of powers, rule of law, safety and security, as well as a transparent, accountable, effective and efficient government apparatus. The GSG focuses on issues of policy formulation and programmatic coordination in the field of governance.

The main objective of the GSG is to improve aid effectiveness and strengthen PA-donor partnerships by:

  • increasing donor alignment and harmonisation with PA national and sectoral policies, priorities and plans in the governance sphere;
  • supporting the development or updating of sector wide policy papers and strategies, within the framework of national plans and budgets;
  • developing indicators for sector monitoring and programme-based approaches;
  • supporting and monitoring the implementation of national planning priorities and programme areas;
  • improving coordination and transparency between the PA and donors;
  • developing and ensuring adherence to basic aid effectiveness principles;
  • preparing, wherever possible, a sector-wide approach and pooled funding arrangements.

  • The GSG is supported by the work of three Sector Working Groups (SWGs) and one Working Group (WG), namely: the Security SWG, the Justice SWG, the Public Administration and Civil Service SWG and the Election WG. These are functional groups which are the main instruments of coordination between the PA and the donor community at the technical level.

    Issues of local government reform are handled by the Municipal Development and Local Governance SWG, which operates under the Infrastructure Strategy Group but also reports to the GSG.

    Public finance management issues are handled by the Fiscal Sector Working Group (FSWG) under the Economic Strategy Group, which also reports to the GSG.

    Legislative issues such as improving the law-making process and internal reforms of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) are followed directly by the GSG.

    The GSG reports to the Local Development Forum (LDF) on a regular basis.

    Membership in the group is limited to donors and other institutions who can add substantial financial or analytical value to the field of governance and relevant PA institutions.


    Ministry of Planning and Administrative Development (MoPAD) and the Office of the European Union Representative (EUREP) 
    PA institutions: Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Ministry of Finance (MoF), Ministry of Interior (MoI), Ministry of Justice (MoJ)
    Donors: Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom (UK), United States (US), World Bank
    Secretariat: Local Aid Coordination Secretariat (LACS)
    GSG Coordinator: Office of the European Union Representative (EUREP)/United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

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    Key documents 
    EU - PA: EU-PA Subcommittee on Human Rights, Good Governance and Rule of Law, Brussels, 8 May 2012
    the Netherlands - Multi-Annual Strategic Plan for the Palestinian Territory 2012-2015
    World Bank – West Bank and Gaza: Institutional Capacity, July 2011
    Office of the Quartet Representative - Report for the Meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee On OQR Action in Support of Palestinian Authority State-Building, 13 April 2011
    World Development Report 2011 Conflict, Security and Development
    World Bank - Building the Palestinian State: Sustaining Growth, Institutions, and Service Delivery, 13 April 2011
    UN - Palestinian State-Building: A Decisive Period, 13 April 2011
    IMF - Macroeconomic and Fiscal Framework for the West Bank and Gaza: Seventh Review of Progress, 13 April 2011
    Prime Minister’s Office – Government Media Center : Palestinian Authority Cabinet Meeting, 29 November 2010
    PA-MoPAD: Millennium Development Goals Progress Report, August 2010
    PA - Homestretch to Freedom – the Second Year of the 13th Government Program, Palestine: Ending the Occupation, Establishing the State, August 2010
    Ministry of Interior - Security Sector Strategy - “Summary”, 2011 - 2013
    Information Sector Strategy 2011 – 2013, Executive Summary
    GoI - Measures Taken by Israel in Support of Developing the Palestinian Economy, the Socio- Economic Structure, and the Security Reforms, 13 Apr 2010
    PA - Building Palestine - Achievements and Challenges, 13 April 2010
    Council of Ministers - Legislations processed in the first term of 2009
    GSG meeting-26 March 2009-Agenda
    Report on legislations processed in January/February 2009
    Agenda JSWG meeting 03032009

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