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October 11, 2011
  • The Netherlands provides more than €10 million annually to NGOs in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
  • The funds are transferred directly through government entities (MFA, Embassy in Tel Aviv, Representative Office in Ramallah), and indirectly via Dutch NGOs and via the NGO Development Center (NDC) in Ramallah.
  • Some of the local NGOs receive grants from multiple sources, indicating a lack of coordination and supervision by the Dutch Foreign Ministry.
  • The funding details below were presented to NGO Monitor in correspondence with the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Tel Aviv and the Netherlands Representative Office (NRO) in the Palestinian Territory.

Direct Funding

Funding via Embassy in Tel Aviv

Funding via Representative Office in Ramallah

Indirect Funding

  • Indirect funding is channeled through Dutch aid-organizations: ICCO, Oxfam NOVIB, Kerk in Actie (KIA), Cordaid, and others.
  • ICCO received €124 million in Dutch government funds in 2008, representing 90% of its budget. ICCO partners with NGOs promoting BDS and antisemitic rhetoric and imagery, including BADIL (amount not disclosed on ICCO’s website) and Electronic Intifada (€200,000 between 2006-10).  These organizations also promote a “one-state” solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict – in other words, the elimination of Jewish self-determination rights.
  • In November 2010, NGO Monitor revealed that ICCO had transferred Dutch government funds to Electronic Intifada (EI).  Dutch FM Uri Rosenthal told the Jerusalem Post, “I will look into the matter personally.”
  • In January 2011, Minister Rosenthal had a “frank and open discussion” with ICCO, noting that EI’s activities are “directly contrary to Dutch government policy.”  The Minister dismissed ICCO claims that its funding of EI comes from private donations as “disingenuous.”
  • ICCO refused to change its policy and defended support for BDS and EI as “a peaceful and legal way to push for an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.”
  • Oxfam NOVIB received more than €129 million (approximately 70% of its budget) from the Dutch government in 2009. One of Oxfam NOVIB’s partners is The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), which leads attempts to have Israeli officials arrested abroad.  PCHR also promotes “resistance” rhetoric.
  • KIA runs projects co-financed with the government, but does not detail which ones. KIA partners include Sabeel and Al-Mezan, NGOs active in the BDS-campaign. Sabeel utilizes antisemitic themes and antagonism of Jews in its campaigning.
  • Cordaid received more than €4 million from the Dutch government in 2009. €1.7 million was spent in Israel and the PA.

NGO Development Center (NDC)

  • The Human Rights and Good Governance Secretariat (HR/GG), operated by the NGO Development Center (NDC) in Ramallah, distributes joint funds to Palestinian and Israeli NGOs on behalf of the governments of the Netherlands, together with Switzerland, Sweden, and Denmark.
  • The 2010-2013 Dutch contribution is to the HR/GG is $4.5 million.
  • The work of the HR/GG is overseen by a steering committee of representatives from the four countries.
  • NDC “facilitated” and funded the “Palestinian NGO Code of Conduct,” which demands that Palestinian groups reject “any normalization activities with the occupier, either at the political-security or the cultural or developmental levels.”
  • NGOs that received Dutch funding via NDC in 2009 include:
    • PCHR, Al Haq, and Al Mezan, which advance “war crime” cases and lawfare against Israeli officials.
    • Addameer, Al Dameer, Arab Thought Forum, Al Mezan, DCI-PS, JCW, Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center, PWWSD, Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies, WCLAC, WATC, all involved in BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns.
    • PHR-I, PCATI, HaMoked, Bimkom, B’Tselem, ICAHD

Dutch Funding for NGOs (in euros)

  2009 2010
 Funding via Embassy    
  ACRI  -  24,000
  Geneva Initiative  -  65,851
  Gisha  -  14,000
  Machsom Watch  7,750  -
  PHR-I  12,427  -
  PCATI  19,500  4,500
  Yesh Din  28,000  -
 Funding via RO    
  Al Haq  25,500  -
  Al Mezan  9,725  -
  HaMoked (Israeli)  -  21.450
  DCI-PS  124,100  21,140
  PARC  7,643,638  7,959,023
  PASSIA  -  28,306
  WCLAC  45,946  -

Bimkom and Breaking the Silence also received direct funding via the Embassy in Tel Aviv before 2009.

     Netherlands Essentials:


Human Rights and International Law Secretariat, NGO Monitor factsheet, February 8, 2015

The Netherlands Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, NGO Monitor Report, February 25, 2015

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