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Local residents of Beit Fajjar underscored the importance of the new project, saying it reflected the local community’s needs and priorities. Dr. Sumka reiterated in his remarks America’s commitment to the Palestinian people, pointing to USAID’s work to build the capacity of local councils to effectively and competently serve citizens. “The most sustainable projects are identified and then prioritized in a participatory manner between the citizens and their elected local council representatives,” Dr. Sumka added. “This approach is encouraged under the Local Democratic Reform program.”
The Local Democratic Reform Program, known in Arabic as “Tawasol,” is implementing similar West Bank community projects in various partner villages and towns in the West Bank and Gaza, where local community representatives identified needs during workshops held earlier this year.
Since 1993, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have received more than $1.7 billion in U.S. economic assistance through USAID. USAID projects aim to combat poverty, improve health and education, create jobs and promote good governance.