• Irish Aid, the Irish government’s assistance program for developing countries, funds Israeli, Palestinian, Irish, and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • As a branch of the Foreign Ministry, “Irish Aid works to promote coherence across the full range of Irish Government policies on issues such as agriculture, trade, the environment and fiscal matters.”
  • Multi-Annual Programming Scheme (MAPS) is an Irish Aid program which pledges a fixed amount of funds to several ”partner agencies,” including Trocaire and Christian Aid, over a 5-year period from 2007-2011.
  • Local organizations that have received funding directly from Ireland include: Al Haq, Gisha, Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Yesh Din.
  • Irish and UK organizations active in the Middle East that receive funding from Irish Aid include:
    • Trócaire, the overseas development branch of the Irish Catholic Church, was promised €116 million through MAPS. Click here for NGO Monitor’s latest report on Trocaire
    • Christian Aid Ireland received €3.6 million (45% of total funding) in government grants in 2008-09 (p. 34). Click here for NGO Monitor’s latest report on Christian Aid
    • War on Want received £178,721 in restricted funds by Irish Aid in 2009 (p. 25).
  • The Irish Foreign Minister stated that the government is “opposed to proposals for trade sanctions or boycotts against Israel.” However, several NGOs that receive Irish government funding, including War on Want and Al Haq, are active in BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns.
  • NGO Monitor wrote to the Irish Minister of State for Overseas Development, asking about Irish Aid’s support for NGOs involved in BDS. The minister’s office responded that Irish Aid does not fund War on Want’s work in the Palestinian Territories, but funding Al Haq, a “highly regarded human rights NGO,” is “fully consistent with Ireland’s foreign policy objectives.”
     

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