The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently awarded a $24.5 million contract in a program whose stated aim is to "build a more effective and competent Palestinian justice sector that is accountable to the public and responds to citizens' needs."
According to the solicitation:
The program will support the Palestinian Authority's commitment to strengthen and reform government institutions, and will focus on supporting visible improvements in the delivery of services that contribute towards increased public confidence.
USAID noted that "Ethics and anti-corruption will be cross-cutting themes of the program."
Chemonics will provide the Palestinians with a combination of equipment, training, and various forms of "technical assistance" to accomplish program goals.
FOR MORE COVERAGE OF PALESTINIAN ISSUES, SEE THE MONITOR'S GAZA/WEST BANK PAGE.
FOR FURTHER REPORTING ON THE U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, PLEASE VISIT THE MONITOR'S USAID PAGE.