Urban and Regional Planning Unit at An-Najah Organizes a Workshop on the Reality of Palestinian Municipalities
On Tuesday, August 17, 2021, the Urban and Regional Planning Unit at An-Najah National University organized a workshop about Nablus, Tulkarm, Jenin and Jamma'in municipalities to examines the condition of municipalities across Palestine.
The workshop was organized as part of "E-governance in the Palestinian territories" project which is implemented in Palestinian territories, Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA region).
The project is funded by German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and implemented in cooperation with a wide range of governmental and civil society partner organizations. It aims to support selected Palestinian municipalities in setting up inclusive and sustainable e-governance structures. To achieve this, the project applies the approach of human-centered design, placing the citizens as end-users at the core of the design processes. It puts special emphasis on involving marginalized groups to ensure not only general user-friendliness but also accessibility. Especially women, people with disabilities, and those living in the marginalized regions of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank should benefit from improved public services and participation opportunities.
An-Najah's Urban Planning and Computer Engineering departments take part in this project through providing recommendations and solutions to key problems faced by municipalities so they can play a more effective role in the provision of local services.
The workshop was attended by Dr. Ihab Hijazi, Project Manager, Dr. Samer Arandy, Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, Dr. Emad Dawwas, Head of Urban Planning Department and, Dr. Alaa Eddin Al-Masri, Head of Computer Engineering Department as well as a number of the Urban Planning and Computer Engineering's academic staff and students participating in the project, and representatives from different participated municipalities.