The Social Sciences

Year: 2016
Volume: 11
Issue: 5
Page No. 595 - 602

Evaluation of Anti-Administrative Corruption Policies in Palestine: Case Study of the Palestinian Ministry of Finance (2004-2013)

Authors : Khaireya R. Yahya and Salwa S. Gomaa

Abstract: The phenomenon of administrative corruption is pervasive in many Palestinian public organizations. This problem appeared clearly in 1997 after the report of general observation authority as well as the confirmation of the observation committee in the legislative council in 1998 on the names who accused of being corrupted without taking any real actions against them. In 2002, the first actual step began by the preparing of a comprehensive reform plan aiming to rebuild the organizations of the Palestinian Authority on the basis of fairness and transparency, in addition to the separation of the prime minstery from the presidency. Given the security circumstances and the subsequent obstacles, execution was postponed till 2004; the year in which corruption was faced. This is the result of international pressure on the Palestinian Authority and the domestic one in relation to the need to take concrete steps. In 2005, the illicit gain law was issued to fight corruption but it didn’t activate and it was amended in 2010 by issuing anti-corruption law followed by the establishment of anti-corruption organization and other following bodies such as the court of the corruption crimes. Accordingly, Palestine commenced the actual steps in cooperation with many institutions for fighting corruption in the public sector; however, those efforts needs more work in the shadow of a lot of corruption forms, especially abuse of money, embezzlement and other. It is evident that there are obstacles such as the absence of the legislative council, the weak political will and the volatile security status quo in the Palestinian territories as a result of the Israeli pressures and its repercussions which hinders the public sector institutions’ development and thus the state as a whole. The operation of evaluation of anti-corruption policies is a missing circle. Rarely, these policies have been evaluated to find out the strengths and weaknesses and to measure the extent to which they achieved their desired goals.

How to cite this article:

Khaireya R. Yahya and Salwa S. Gomaa, 2016. Evaluation of Anti-Administrative Corruption Policies in Palestine: Case Study of the Palestinian Ministry of Finance (2004-2013). The Social Sciences, 11: 595-602.

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