September 14, 2010
Since 2009, the Palestinian Authority (PA) government has put out a series of reports that detail its plans to implement
the reforms necessary to build the institutions of a stable and secure future Palestinian state. The PA and its partners are pursuing these efforts concurrently with the recently launched direct negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis, which are aimed at reaching a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Palestine: Ending the Occupation, Establishing the StatePublished
: August 2009
This document provides an overview of PA efforts to build the institutions of a functioning state in two years. The report identifies reforms in governance, economy, social issues and infrastructure as sectoral priorities for the government. It also provides objectives for all Palestinian government ministries.
Palestine: Moving ForwardPublished
: January 2010
This report operationalizes the August 2009 document by identifying 201 priority projects for various Palestinian ministries. Each project is broken down by its geographic location, ministry responsible for implementation, cost estimate and status.
Progress Report on State Building Efforts
Published: August 2010*
According to news accounts, this document
provides an overview of PA efforts from May 2009 to May 2010 to implement its previous reports. During that period, the report says
the PA built 34 new schools and expanded 33 others, constructed 11 clinics and expanded 30 others, launched 44 new housing projects, paved 16 new roads, continued construction on 40 other roads, and planted 370,000 new trees. It also says
that PA police followed through on 88,000 court orders and that multiple police stations had been built. The PA reportedly increased
tax revenue by 20 percent in the past year.
Palestine: Homestretch to FreedomPublished
: August 2010
In this report, the PA provides a detailed list of efforts for the next year, building on the first year’s work in the governance, economic and infrastructure sectors. These efforts are broken down into objectives, priority activities and outputs, and responsible ministerial bodies.
*No electronic copy is available
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