BDS IN THE PEWS
NGO Development Center (NDC - on behalf of Switzerland, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark) - Until 2014
September 01, 2011
*Until 2014, NDC managed the pooled finances of Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands through its Human Rights/Good Governance (HR/GG) program. In 2014, NDC was replaced by NIRAS and Birzeit University, which are managing the government funding under a similar framework, Human Rights and International Law Secretariat (“Secretariat”). Click here for information on the NDC.
- Website: http://www.ndc.ps/; located in Ramallah
- The NGO Development Center (NDC) works “towards the development of the NGO sector as a whole by facilitating the sharing and exchange of information and experience; by supporting research and policy development; and by strengthening the NGO sector relationships with the development partners.”
- NDC states that it “believes in principles of democracy, respect for and protection of human dignity and rights, appreciation of diversity” (annual report, p. 4)
- NDC “facilitated” and funded the “Palestinian NGO Code of Conduct” which demands that Palestinian groups reject “any normalization activities with the occupier, neither at the political-security nor the cultural or developmental levels.”
- NDC’s budget for 2009 was $14 million. Donors included:
- Joint funds from Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, $4,745,996 (32.9%)
- World Bank, $4,040,381 (28%)
- France, $ 3,948,227 (27.3%)
- Switzerland, $900,000 (6.2%)
- Islamic Development Bank, $549,933 (3.8%)
- Welfare Association, $120,000 (0.83%)
- European Union: $108,164 (0.75%)
- Germany, $ 18,720 (0.13%)
- In July 2008, these four governments established and funded the Human Rights and Good Governance (HR/GG) Secretariat, managed by NDC, which comprised 1/3 of NDC’s total budget in 2009 (annual report, p. 29).
- Approximately $18 million has been pledged to NDC for 2010-2013 from the four governments: Switzerland, CHF 4.4 million; Sweden, SEK 31.5 million; Netherlands, $4.5; and Denmark, DKK 25 million.
- NGOs with increased funding for 2010-12: B’Tselem ($680,000), Badil ($575,000), Musawa ($390,000), HaMoked ($680,000), Adalah ($170,000), Gisha ($271,000) and DCI-PS ($639,000).
- Israeli NGOs receiving funding from NDC: B’Tselem, HaMoked, Bimkom ($160,000), ICAHD ($76,000), PCATI ($33,000), Adalah, Gisha, ACRI ($50,000), Rabbis for Human Rights ($50,000).
- A significant number of NGO grantees advance BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions) campaigns – including PCHR ($425,000), Al-Haq ($134,000), DCI-PS, Al Mezan ($425,000), ARIJ ($40,000), Badil, Miftah ($110,000) and the Israeli NGO ICAHD.
- From July 2008 through December 2009, the NDC distributed $6 million to 25 NGOs on behalf of the governments of Switzerland, Sweden, Netherlands, and Denmark. In some cases, NDC support is in addition to other funding from these governments to the same organizations.
- Sweden provided $2.25 million for the project; Switzerland, $1.5 million; Netherlands, $1.5 million, Denmark $1.2 million (includes $450,000 in management costs).
- The grantees include some of the most radical groups operating in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
- Many of the recipients employ “apartheid” rhetoric: Al Mezan, Al Haq, Arab Thought Forum, Badil, ICAHD, Jerusalem Center for Women, JLAC, WATC, and Women for Life.
- NDC provides funds to PCHR, Al Haq, Al Mezan, Al-Dameer, Musawa, and WAC, which promote “war crimes” cases and lawfare against Israeli officials.
- Eleven recipients of these taxpayer funds provided via the NDC are signatories to the Palestinian boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign: 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.
- Although the NDC guidelines stated that “[p]riority will also be extended to local organizations working to promote gender equality and rights of women,” only 6 of the 25 grantees focus on these issues. Most link their work on women’s rights with anti-Israel activism.