A set of clear standards of conduct for public officials can provide a critical tool
for governments to promote openness, transparency and accountability in the public
sector and eventually restore citizens’ trust in government. With a view to strengthening
the ethics framework, the Palestinian Authority has undertaken significant progress
to implement a Code of Conduct and Ethics for its civil service. This report analyses
the underlining factors of an effective Code of Conduct in the overall framework of
public governance reform to build open and transparent institutions. The report traces
the evolution of the code from the first draft to the adopted document and discusses
the final version against OECD recommendations and international good practices. The
report provides actionable policy recommendations to operationalise the code towards
a stronger governance framework for public sector integrity in the Palestinian Authority.
The report points to the code’s strategic role alongside other measures to upgrade
the ethics framework and sets an agenda to drive effective implementation in line
with international principles of ethics and open government in the Palestinian Authority.