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 Legal Status

Al-Haq is a registered non-governmental organisation under the Palestinian NGO Law (No. 1, 2000).

Al-Haq’s Decision-Making Procedures

Decision-making within the organisation is made by the General Director in consultation with the Administrative and Financial Manager and the heads of the departments within Al-Haq.  This is done through regular weekly meetings of the Steering Committee, which discusses and decides on administrative and programmatic issues.  The Steering Committee is constituted by the General Director and the three heads of departments (Monitoring and Documentation, Legal Research and Advocacy, and Administrative and Financial Departments).

Al-Haq also formulates ad-hoc committees within the organisation for the decision-making and the implementation of specific programmes or activities within the organisation.  It encourages teamwork but also has clear lines of responsibility and accountability.  Al-Haq has developed systems and structures within the organisation that allows for the professional and efficient implementation of tasks, and Al-Haq has developed internal democratic processes to allow for the contribution and participation of its staff in the different activities of the organisation.  Monthly meetings are held with the whole staff to report on activities achieved, difficulties encountered, and future planned activities.  Staff also discuss organisational issues of concern to them and put forward their needs and opinions.

The financial procedures are transparent and the staff of the Administrative and Financial Department are in charge of managing the transactions and approving the expenditures. 
Additionally, the General Director signs all agreements with donors and partners and is given the responsibility by the Board of Directors to revise contracts and grant letters, undertake necessary amendments if needed, and sign on behalf of Al-Haq.  The General Director also co-signs cheques with a member of the Board (alternatively, two appointed members of the Board can sign cheques) and regularly reviews Al-Haq’s budget.

Al-Haq’s Board of Directors

Al-Haq has a Board of Directors, made up of nine well-known figures in the local community with different experiences in the field of law, human rights, and Palestinian legislation, that plays the role of a policy board.  The board is entrusted with the responsibility of adopting policies and ensuring the well-being of the organisation, both financially and programmatically.  The Board of Directors appoints a General Director who reports regularly to the board, to which he or she is accountable.

The board also approves Al-Haq’s strategic plans, annual working plans, staff appointments, and budgets. Two members of the board are appointed to sign on cheques; at least one of the members of the board is required to sign with the General Director on all cheques and transfers issued by the organisation.  The board meets at least six times annually to address issues and make decisions relevant to their mandate.

Al-Haq’s General Assembly

According to Palestinian NGO Law, registered organisations should have a General Assembly.  Al-Haq’s General Assembly is formed of 27 persons who meet at the end of each year to approve that year’s narrative and financial reports, approve the budget for the following year, and approve any new internal policies (after the approval of the Board of Directors for all of the above).  The General Assembly are also responsible for the appointment of Al-Haq’s outside auditor who is accountable to them and should report annually on the financial matters of the organisation.  General Assembly members pay a symbolic annual membership subscription of 10 Jordanian Dinars.

Al-Haq’s Steering Committee

A Steering Committee consisting of the General Director and the heads of the three departments meet weekly to discuss programmatic issues and administrative issues related to Al-Haq’s work and activities in the field of human rights.  The Steering Committee usually works by consensus in decision-making, and makes recommendations to the General Director regarding human resource matters, and deals with financial matters only when related to funding of programming.

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