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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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Process of preparation of the Palestinian Code of Conduct and Ethics

With a view to building more performant state institutions and promoting a culture of integrity in the public sector, the Palestinian Authority commissioned the National Committee of the Code of Conduct (NCCC) to draft a code of conduct for Palestinian public officials. This chapter analyses the process towards the adoption of the Code of Conduct and Ethics by the Council of Ministers in 2012. It highlights critical junctures, such as the benchmarking exercise of the draft code against international good practices by the Palestinian Authority and OECD, the consultation process and the series of workshops to allow a broad range of stakeholders from government agencies, civil society, unions and syndicates, academia and experts, and university students to comment on its provisions.

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