Partnership and the African Refugees

A successful implementation of the policy statement formulated by the Prime Minister's Office on relations between sectors in Israel can help give better solutions to complex problems such as the African refugees in Israel

The government has recently decided to give 2000 NIS in the form of a rent subsidy to African refugee staying in shelters in Tel Aviv. This solution came about after a long period where NGO's and public organizations struggled unsuccessfully to provide temporary solutions to the immigrants crossing the Egyptian border. The issues revealed the government's incapacity to deal with the problem effectively and comprehensively.

A few days ago, the government approved the policy statement formulated by the Prime Minister's Office on relations between sectors in Israel. The decision reflects the stance that civil society has a crucial role to play in Israel, and that partnership and continuous dialogue can promote the quality of life in Israel.

The policy statement is a landmark decision for forging partnership. A successful implementation of the policy in cases such as the African refugees issue, can improve the government's ability to govern. NGO's can help the government to identify problems and the government, in turn, can structure a comprehensive solution that takes into consideration the capabilities of each of the stake-holders.

Sources:

Yigal Chai, Ha'aretz (in Hebrew), 02.28.2008

Prime Minister's Decision on the relation between sectors