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Today we launched an exciting, new national initiative with our partners, including Sharek Youth Forum and many of the Youth Local Councils (YLCs) we work with, called “Friendly cities for people with disabilities - time to make a difference!â€‌ The initiative hopes to create awareness about the needs of persons with disabilities to live comfortably in â€کfriendly cities.’ The initiative also sheds light on the responsibility of local bodies to ensure their participation in making buildings and public spaces easily accessible for all.

Basha’er Othman, a 15 years old young lady from ‘Illar,was appointed Minister for one day by Minister of Local Government, Mr. Sa’ed Al-Koni.

On July 2; CHF in the West Bank & Gaza, the Municipality of Adh Dhahiriya, the Ministry of Local Government, and funder USAID, inaugurated the Citizen Service Center in Adh Dhahiriyah Municipality in the southern West Bank. A Citizen Service Center is a centralized location in a municipality where citizens can access services in a transparent and automated manner. With USAID funding, Global Communities (Formerly CHF International) has established 14 such centers, and is planning an additional 11 centers.

24/06/2013 – Under the patronage of the Minister of Public Works & Housing Mr. Maher Ghnaim and with USAID funding, Global communities (Formerly CHF International), the Engineers Association, and Palestinian Higher Green Building Council launched the Palestinian Green Building Guidelines today in Al-Bireh. Over 200 engineers, contractors, municipalities, ministry representatives, and NGOs attended the one-day event, which included an overview of the new guidelines and comparison of Palestinian guidelines with similar systems from the U.S. and U.A.E.

"Anabta Clean and Traffic Safe" This initiative is part of the Local Governance and Infrastructure Program “LGIâ€‌ funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and implemented by CHF International.

March 12,2013- CHF International signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Palestinian Contractors Union (PCU)

February 28-2013- Beit Fajjar: About 400 youth in Beit Fajjar elected the 13 Youth Local Council (YLC) members of which five were females, surpassing the quota by two. This initiative is funded by USAID and implemented by CHF International in partnership with Sharek under the Local Government and Infrastructure Program.

As part of his regular monitoring field visits, Dr. Khaled Qawasmeh - Minister of the Ministry of Local Government - visited Beit Surik main road project, where he met three Engineering Fellows involved in the construction and renovation of the main road in Beit Surik.

Bethlehem citizens participate in the Community Planning Workshop conducted on February 2013, in Bethlehem Governorate - Local Governance Program (LGI), funded by USAID, and implemented by CHF International.