Palestinian Security Sector Reform : the View of the Public

In its August 2009 platform, Building Palestinian State Institutions, the government of Salam Fayyad has committed itself to modernizing the Palestinian security sector based on the rule of law and oversight by the legislature and judicial authorities. However, the process is currently being conducted without parliamentary oversight (due to the paralysis of Palestinian Legislative Council) or a functioning judiciary. Moreover, the single most important stakeholder - the Palestinian public - has so far been disregarded.

This grant will allow the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) to examine the direction of Palestinian security sector reform from the public perspective. PSR will consult with various stakeholders - the Ministry of the Interior, the security services, the judiciary, members of Parliament, human rights organizations and international donors - in extensive surveys of the public's perception of the security sector in all its dimensions, including capacity, mission, performance, service delivery, law enforcement and the role of outside actors. Policy statements will be issued after each survey. PSR will submit a comprehensive policy paper describing the security reform process from the public perspective, highlighting strengths and weaknesses, and proposing ways to make it more successful.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Friday, October 1, 2010

End Date

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


18 months

IDRC Officer

El-Rifai, Roula

Total funding

CA$ 238,500


Middle East, West Bank and Gaza, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Shikaki, Khalil


Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research

Institution Country

West Bank and Gaza

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