The Injaz Center for Professional Arab Local Governance (Injaz) is a leading organization working to advance professionality in and among local Arab municipalities in Israel.
INJAZ (“Achievement” in Arabic) is a registered non-profit organization founded in 2008 at the behest of Israel’s National Council of Arab Mayors by Mr. Shawki Khatib, then the Chairman of the National Council, in response to the under development and chronic dependence on the federal government of Israel’s Arab municipalities, as well as to the unsatisfactory internal professional capacity of Arab municipalities’ operations and personnel.
Local municipalities in Israel are the principal provider of services to their residents. Whether the municipality is a small village or a large city, the municipalities are the primary engine that drives economic development and growth. The Arab municipalities in Israel face unique challenges, however. These municipalities typically lack the human and financial resources, infrastructure, clout, professionalism and opportunities to optimize their functioning. As a result, there is a lack of economic development and hampered integration into Israel’s economy, which negatively impacts basic service delivery and the overall quality of life of residents.
Injaz envisions increasingly professional, entrepreneurial and innovative municipalities as a means to improving the lives of Israel’s approximately 2 million Arab citizens who reside in 85 Arab-only municipalities.
The mission of Injaz is to assist Arab municipalities in building strong, effective, and professional municipal systems and departments that position them to pro-actively advance their unique interests through the implementation of tested and sustainable professional practices.
Means of Achieving These Goals:
Injaz works within Arab municipalities, among and between Arab municipalities, and between Arab municipalities and the federal government.
Injaz’s “entry point” in working with a municipality is in one or both of two main areas:
- Establishing and maintaining an operational, economic, and/or environmental infrastructure
- The hands-on provision of services
An individual municipality receives the benefit of Injaz’s work in either or both of these areas depending on its specific needs. Injaz deems its work to be successful to the degree that this infrastructure serves the members of the community and is sustainable, and the degree to which the services offered result in tangible improvement in the residents’ overall quality of life.