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Handling Legal Gaps While Practicing Financial Oversight in the Security Sector

Financial oversight in the security sector is a key instrument for ensuring that public funds allocated by the state for the security of the people are spent in a transparent and accountable manner. However, the financial management of security sector institutions is often characterised by opacity rather than transparency. Even …

Financial Oversight of Intelligence Agencies

Financial oversight in the security sector is a key instrument for ensuring that public funds allocated by the state for the security of the people are spent in a transparent and accountable manner. However, the financial management of security sector institutions is often characterised by opacity rather than transparency. Even …

The Compliance of Palestinian Security Legislation with the UN Convention against Corruption

This working paper provides recommendations to Palestinian decision-makers and actors interested in security sector reform on how to address key legal gaps of Palestinian security legislation with regards to safeguarding integrity, transparency and accountability. It reviews international standards and best practice in promotion of good governance of integrity building and …

Preventing Corruption in the Palestinian Security Sector: Improving the Consistency of the Palestinian Security Sector Legislation with the UN Convention against Corruption

The security sector often provides a fertile ground for corruption. It is frequently characterised by a culture of secrecy on the grounds of national security. This hinders accountability and creates the risk of patronage, nepotism and bribery. To fight this, states must create a legal and institutional framework grounded in …

Needs Assessment Report of five Palestinian Civil Society Organizations: Informal Oversight Capacities in the Palestinian Security Sector

Public involvement in democratic oversight is crucial to ensure accountability and transparency across the security sector. The engagement of civil society organisations (CSOs) in the security policy domain strongly contributes to accountability and good governance. Civil society involvement can be accomplished by (i) monitoring government performance and policy, and (ii) …

Report – National conference on the benefits and challenges of signing and implementing OPCAT for Palestine

Since 2005, DCAF has been actively engaged with the Palestinian security forces, executive institutions, and civil society to promote accountability and compliance with human rights. In July 2015, it held a set of workshops and discussion forums on the topic, and presented the results to President Mahmoud Abbas and his Legal Advisor, Hasan Al-Ouri. The discussions and …

Developing Civil- Democratic Legislation for the Palestinian National Security Forces

The Palestinian legal framework of the security forces has gaps that need to be addressed by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). These gaps exist due to the absence of a comprehensive legal framework governing the work of the Palestinian security forces. In specific, there is no legal text regulating the …

The Justice Sector: Roles and responsibilities in good security sector governance

This SSR Backgrounder is about the roles and responsibilities of the justice sector in good security sector governance (SSG). The justice sector plays a role in providing security by upholding the rule of law, but it also plays a role in democratic oversight of the security sector by holding security …