Local Government and Infrastructure Program
The Local Government and Infrastructure program (LGI), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by CHF International, aims to promote an enabling environment for good local governance and provide the basic infrastructure necessary for sustainable improvements in the quality of life for Palestinians.
The LGI program in its third year of implementation has expanded its scope to include linkages between constructing much needed community infrastructure and building the institutions and capacity of the Palestinian local government system. The construction of infrastructure has now become a part of the whole wheel of fabricating a viable and vital link between Palestinian society and its government. The other key components of the program such as encouraging the participation of citizens in the development of their own community as well as improving the capacity of the local government (not just by providing infrastructure) by providing opportunities for trainings and developing innovative concepts such as the Citizen Service Centers; have enabled CHF International and USAID to increase the depth and holistic nature of the impact by weaving a web of interconnected activities.
Improve living conditions for Palestinians through the provision of sustainable, multi-sectoral community infrastructure packages. Activities under this objective will provide packages of mutually-reinforcing infrastructure projects to selected vulnerable communities in order to raise their standard of living. The infrastructure to be provided will be prioritized by communities and are confirmed to have support for operations and maintenance from either the LGU or the relevant line ministry, as appropriate. LGI aims to reach 171 communities through 78 infrastructure packages totaling 261 projects. These packages will serve 62 individual communities and 15 clusters, averaging 7 communities each. An estimated 85% of community members will report improved access to community infrastructure.
As such the LGI program has the following objectives:
Activities under this objective will provide packages of mutually-reinforcing infrastructure projects to vulnerable communities in order to raise their standard of living. To date, the progress of implementation towards this objective in the first nine quarters of the program life resulted in completion of 41 projects under a variety of sectors, including: rehabilitation/construction of 25 main and local roads, 6 agricultural roads, construction/renovation of classrooms and other facilities in 5 schools and rehabilitation of one water well.
Moreover, 14 projects under this Objective are ongoing, 7 projects are under tendering, and 75 projects are under design / approval. CHF International has also completed the construction works in Ad Dhahriya Municipality citizen’s service center, in addition to two citizen service centers ( 'llar and Anabta) which are under evaluation/ tendering stage, and four citizen service centers ( Al - Yamoun, Beit Fajjar, Kufr Thulth, and Al - Bireh) under design stage.
Under this objective, the LGI program will support requests to increase the impact of USAID-funded programs in health, democracy and governance, education and the private sector by addressing underlying infrastructure needs which may be limiting the impact of those programs.
To date, much progress has been made towards this Objective. The main achievement is succeeding in obtaining licenses for construction of additional classrooms and other facilities in 6 schools located in Area C. To date, three projects out of these six projects where completed and the others are ongoing. In addition to the above, LGI succeed in obtaining a license for construction of a bridge for pedestrians near Al Jalazun Camp, currently this project is under tendering and evaluation stage.
In addition to the schools project under this Objective, LGI completed construction/rehabilitation of 13 youth clubs in the west bank and one charity center (Four Homes of Mercy) in Al Ezariyah, Jerusalem Governorate.