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Celebrating the Inauguration of the Kafr Thulth Citizen Service Center

Global Communities, USAID, the Ministry of Local Government, Qalqilya governorate, Kafr Thulth municipality, and local citizens participated in the inauguration ceremony of the Kafr Thulth Citizen Service Center (CSC). The CSC, established in 2014 under the USAID-funded Local Government and Infrastructure (LGI) Program, provides more efficient services to citizens in a centralized location and ensures transparency and accountability. Global Communities worked in partnership with Kafr Thulth officials and the local community to transform their CSC idea to reality. Global Communities has been implementing projects in Kafr Thulth since 2007. In their opening remarks, local officials acknowledged Global Communities, USAID, and others involved in the establishment of the CSC and other successful development activities.

Deputy Minister of Local Government, Mr. Mohammed Jabareen, praised the accomplishments in Kafr Thulth and emphasized the importance of the linkages between national government, local government, and citizens. He stated, “Our ministry would not exist without local governments; and local governments would not exist if it were not for the citizens who elected them. A national tapestry of citizens, governments, and organizations has been created, thus building the foundations for a Palestinian state. We should keep this mind as we move forward and work together for continued development and success.” He also reminded the audience that it was important to encourage the continued involvement of youth in building their communities.

Global Communities Country Director, Mrs. Lana Abu Hijleh, also spoke of these important partnerships. She said, “With every CSC inauguration, we celebrate the successes of the partnership between Global Communities, USAID, local government, the private sector, and citizens. She further stated that the partnership was not just about funding construction, equipment, etc. but rather a more important type of “building” or “establishing” – to enhance capacities, responsibility, accountability, transparency, etc. – to ultimately provide better services to citizens.