Ali Jarbawi

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Ali Jarbawi
على الجرباوي
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Minister of Planning and Administrative Development
Assumed office
May 19, 2009
PresidentMahmoud Abbas
Prime MinisterSalam Fayyad
Preceded bySamir Abdallah (as Minister of Planning)
Personal details
Born (1954-01-30) January 30, 1954 (age 65)
Jenin, West Bank, Palestine
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Tafeeda Jarbawi
ResidenceRamallah, Palestine
Alma materUniversity of Cincinnati
ProfessionAcademic, Cabinet Minister
CabinetPalestinian National Authority 13th Government

Ali Jarbawi (Arabic: علي الجرباوي‎; born January 30, 1954) is the former Minister of Planning and Administrative Development and the former Minister of Higher Education of the Government of the Palestinian National Authority.[1]

Prior to this appointment he worked in government as a special adviser to the Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and supervised the preparation of the Palestinian Reform and Development Plan 2008-10 (PRDP).[2][3] He was General Director of the Palestinian Independent Center for Citizens’ Rights from 1997 to 2000, and worked as Secretary General and Executive Director of the Central Elections’ Commission from 2002 to 2004.[4]

Academic career[edit]

Dr. Jarbawi joined the Faculty of Political Science at Birzeit University in 1981, after receiving his PhD in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati, and was awarded Professorship in 1996. He has held a variety of senior posts at Birzeit University: including Dean of the Faculty of Law and Public Administration, Dean of Students’ Affairs, Director of the Ibrahim Abu Loghod Institute for International Studies, Director of the Center for Researches and Studies, and Head of Middle East Department.[5]

Dr. Jarbawi also holds two master's degrees, in public administration and in political science, and a bachelor's degree in sociology.[5]

Published Writings (Partial List)[edit]

  • Overcoming the Crisis: Towards a new Palestinian Strategy (Ramallah: Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies, 2001)
  • Toward an Electoral System for the Democratic State of Palestine, co-author, (Ramallah: Muwatin, 2001)
  • Teaching Human Rights: A Manual for School Teachers (Jerusalem: UNRWA Publications, 2001)
  • The Legal Structure and Democratic Transformation in Palestine (Ramallah: Muwatin, 1999).
  • "Building the Institutions of Civil Society in Palestine", in The Palestinian Situation Thirty Years After 1967 (Amman: Abdel-Hamid Shuman Foundation, 1998).
  • "Civil Society in Palestine: The Need for a Reassessment", in Civil Society and Democratic Transformation in Palestine (Ramallah: Muwatin, 1995).
  • What Type of Local Government Do We Need? The Palestinian Case (Nablus: PCSR, 1996).
  • Critical Review of the Palestinian Developmental Experience (Ramallah: Palestinian Studies Project, 1991).
  • The Palestinian Universities: A Critical Review (Jerusalem: Arab Studies Society, 1986).


  1. ^ Members of the Palestinian 13th government Archived 2010-02-13 at the Wayback Machine, Official website of the Palestinian Authority Government.
  2. ^ Critical on the PRDP: Adam Hanieh: Class and State in the West Bank. Neoliberalism under Occupation. In: Adam Hanieh, Lineages ef Revolt. Issues of Contemporary Capitalism in the Middle East, Haymerked Books, 2013.
  3. ^ Minister of Planning Profile, the official website of the Ministry.
  4. ^ The Electoral Knowledge Project.
  5. ^ a b Academic Staff Bio Archived 2010-06-16 at the Wayback Machine, Birzeit University Institute of International Studies.

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