PNGO issued paper on: "The Role of Local Authorities in The Development and Restoration of Life in The Governorates of The Gaza Strip"
The paper seeks to examine the role of local authorities in bringing about local development, within the broader concept of sustainable development adopted by the government, which is in line with the development vision of the government in accordance with its commitments to the sustainable development goals, and thus answering the following problem: Did local authorities contribute to local development according to the national vision for development?
In addition, the 25 municipalities of the Gaza Strip faced additional challenges than the municipalities and councils in the West Bank. During the past fifteen years, the municipalities of Gaza witnessed, in addition to the siege, 4 consecutive wars that contributed significantly to the destruction of infrastructure, which is one of the most important pillars of sustainable development. Also, the Israeli occupation continuous siege imposed on the Gaza Strip, which in turn contributed to reducing the development opportunities of the municipalities. In the face of this challenge, the paper also raises other questions:
- Did the local authorities in Gaza contribute to local development?
- How was its role in the reconstruction after the wars Gaza witnessed?
- Did they play a pivotal role in that process, and what were the most important challenges they faced?