2016: MDLF, in cooperation with the Ministry of Local Government and the
Advisory Team from the Planning and Engineering Center, organized an intensive
technical workshop to accomplish the last phase of preparation of Development
and Investment Strategic Plan and Spatial Plan of the Joint Services and
Planning Council – Southern Salfeet and Southern Rief Dora. The workshop is
part of the second phase of the Local Development Program, funded by the Danish
Workshop was inaugurated by MDLF Acting Director General, Hazem Alqawasmi who
underlined the importance of this meeting that constitutes part of
participatory strategic development planning and transparency. He also
emphasized that strategic planning is an empirical method to conceptualize
developmental priorities and goals for different communities and to identify
programs and projects to help Palestinian citizens and enhance their
steadfastness by improving their living reality.
also stressed the necessity to devise realistic and objective plans to enable
citizens comply by them since they represent a form of citizens’ oversight.
Citizens have the right to participate and hold these units accountable.
Jehad Rabayah, Director fo surveying and GIS Department at MoLG, he reiterated
on the importance of concerted efforts of all components of the local community
to set the environment suitable for devising proper developmental strategic
plans and spatial planning. He reiterated the importance of effective
institutional and community participation.
project advisor also gave a presentation on the general concept of strategic
developmental planning and its different phases and procedures to prepare the
plan. He also explained the role of the local community and its institutions in
plan preparation. The meeting also addressed the working mechanisms of
different committees. Participants were divided into four task forces, one per
every council. Moreover, every committee/ task force was set a number of
developmental goals and priorities prior to starting a discussion with floor on
key issues that can enrich the plan. On the end of the first day of the
meeting, measurement indicators fo goals were established and developmental
projects were proposed to select the priorities per every council, as per MDLF