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Support to the Role of Civil Society Organizations and Youth in Local Public Oversight
Commissioning Unit: Palestine
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2017
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2015
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Palestine
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
1. Recommendation: 1. There is a need for greater public awareness, especially for youth on their role in public oversight
Management Response: [Added: 2015/12/31] [Last Updated: 2016/01/13]

UNDP/PAPP are discussing the issue and future steps on the policy level with the Ministry of Local Governance.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 need to foster youth participation in the decisions that affect them and in the development of their communities, increasing their access to the aforementioned resources and allowing them to create a strong social network. 1.2 youth acquire the capacities and skills to foster democratic, good governance and rights-conscious peaceful societies. They develop the ability for critical thinking and learn to take responsibility and become better at making informed decisions
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2017/10/13]
Ministry of Local Government & CSO?s (Primarily Youth Organizations, clubs, networks) 2016/03 Completed Update - 1.1 + 1.2 - UNDP is part of the national team that helped to draft the Palestinian National Youth strategy that has yet to be launched. This national strategy will contribute to meeting the key action points. Document - Draft Palestinian Youth Strategy Previous update - UNDP will discuss at the policy level. History
2. Recommendation: 2. it is recommended to work with youth on the citizenship
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2016/01/13]

Interventions are being formulated to foster greater youth understanding of citizenship

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Civic engagement is a powerful way to create, reinforce and expand transferable skills and an effective conduit to build the stronger communities we envision for rising generation ? the Youth. 2.2. encourages youth to become active citizens by providing them with opportunities to increase their skills, influence their communities, and learn about good governance to bolster oversight and social accountability through direct participation and consultation. 2.3. Youth should be involved in the work of the council in a meaningful way. Youth can easily spot when their participation is tokenistic, decoration or manipulative, and will consequently resent the pretense
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2017/10/13]
UNDP Governance in cooperation with Ministry of Education, Higher Council of Youth and Sports (HCYS) as well as local CSO?s 2016/12 Completed Update - Completed (with some items No longer applicable). 2.1 - UNDP provided  a platform for youth both in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to participate in drafting a 2025 plan and 2050 vision for the State of Palestine. Also, UNDP facilitated a conference for youth to promote national reconciliation both in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. - Document (Envisioning Palestine: A 2025 Plan and 2050 Vision) 2.2 - Through our work with the YLP II regioinal initiative, as well as youth contributions to the peacebuilding advocacy work being conducted in Palestine and the region, and work with young female political party members, youth are being given greater opportunities to be active citizens. This will only be further strengthened in the future. 2.3 - UNDP will not focus its work on Youth Local Councils at this stage. UNDP is keen on promoting an increased role for youth to participate in the electoral process. Previous Comment - New projects or activities developed in support of any initiatives History
3. Recommendation: 3. Development of a National Youth Platform
Management Response: [Added: 2016/01/13]

will do coordination with both Ministry of Youth and Ministry of local Governance; in order to build on the existing youth groups (social and cultural, sport and entertainment, economic development, ect). And create a Youth Local Advisory council Program.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Community CBOs, NGOs, Public and Private sector institutions; Youth-led organizations, clubs, etc., must be effectively engaged to develop youth?s civic and leadership skills within the geographic areas, as they foster democratic and good governance principles. 3.2 Strengthen relationship with existing youth led organizations and groups within the community. Many youth groups may already exist in the communities that have been focusing on various aspects of youth development (social and cultural, sports and entertainment, economic development, etc.). 3.3 Revitalizing the establishment of an advisory body from youth local councils, youth-led organizations and other community bodies and institutions, to emerge as platforms for community civic engagement to vocalize, partner, participate and connect with one another in real and active ways. 3.4 Youth local councils need to represent the youth they purport to serve fairly; otherwise they risk losing legitimacy with non-member youth. 3.5 Both internal and external. Within the council itself, it is necessary to establish a system of communication that can be very helpful in ensuring the smooth functioning of the council. 3.6 UNDP can create their own youth local advisory councils to help further their work
[Added: 2016/01/13] [Last Updated: 2017/10/13]
UNDP, other UN Agencies, HCYS, & Youth Organizations 2016/12 Completed Update - Completed (with some items No longer applicable). 3.1 - Through YLP II, Palestinian Youth were given an opportunity to present their innovative solutions to problems facing Palestinian society in areas pertaining to social cohesion, women empowerment, & civic education including public oversight. The Palestinian representative won the regional competition. ( 3.2 - UNDP worked with Sharek Youth Forum on promoting Sports Activities in the West Bank ( 3.3 - Although UNDP did bring youth and youth organizations from different backgrounds together to promote National Unity and reconciliation. UNDP did not work during this period on creating an inclusive National Youth Platform, however, it is part of our future plans. 3.4 - UNDP will not focus its work on Youth Local Councils at this stage. UNDP is promoting an increased role for youth to run in elections. 3.5 - UNDP will not focus its work on Youth Local Councils at this stage. UNDP is keen on promoting an increased role for youth to participate in the electoral process. 3.6 - While UNDP has not created its own Youth local Advisory group, it does conduct dialogue sessions with Youth and organizes sessions with visiting VIP's to hear their views and priorities. Previous Comment - Pilot phase of Platform developed History

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