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The Implementation of the Palestinian Code of Conduct

Strengthening Ethics and Contributing to Institution-Building

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A set of clear standards of conduct for public officials can provide a critical tool for governments to promote openness, transparency and accountability in the public sector and eventually restore citizens’ trust in government. With a view to strengthening the ethics framework, the Palestinian Authority has undertaken significant progress to implement a Code of Conduct and Ethics for its civil service. This report analyses the underlining factors of an effective Code of Conduct in the overall framework of public governance reform to build open and transparent institutions. The report traces the evolution of the code from the first draft to the adopted document and discusses the final version against OECD recommendations and international good practices. The report provides actionable policy recommendations to operationalise the code towards a stronger governance framework for public sector integrity in the Palestinian Authority. The report points to the code’s strategic role alongside other measures to upgrade the ethics framework and sets an agenda to drive effective implementation in line with international principles of ethics and open government in the Palestinian Authority.

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Executive Summary

A set of clear standards of conduct for public officials is crucial for promoting openness, transparency and accountability in the public sector and, in the long run, restore citizens’ trust in government. To this end, the Palestinian Authority has undertaken significant progress in implementing a Code of Conduct and Ethics for its civil service. This report analyses the underlying factors of an effective code of conduct within the framework of broader public governance reform to build open and transparent institutions. It traces the evolution of the code from the first draft to the adopted document and assesses the final version against OECD recommendations and international good practices. The report provides policy recommendations for making the code operational and strengthening the governance framework for public sector integrity in the Palestinian Authority.

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