On May 10, 2022, Justice for Life published a field study titled “Citizen Participation in Local Administration” that examined the growing demands for restructuring the Autonomous Administration institutions and the level of local satisfaction with these institutions’ work, as well as the possibility of holding local elections.
Later on, JFL held nine coordination dialogue sessions for civil society organizations in Deir Ezzor, Raqqa, and Al-Hasakah to discuss the study outcomes. Twenty-six local organizations participated, and the sessions came up with messages to the Autonomous Administration in support of involving citizens in the local decision-making process.
The participating organizations varied in their specialty, including education, healthcare, and relief sectors, besides organizations specialized in supporting persons with disabilities, community peace, and peacebuilding. Also, the geographical activity scope of the organizations was diverse.
Participants developed a preliminary vision of the Autonomous Administration institutions’ work and opportunities to build a form of management that meets local demands for participation. They then made detailed recommendations on the possibility of holding elections, the current form of Administration and the possibility of developing it, the rule of law, including holding those accused of violations accountable and ending the spread of corruption.
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