Oxfam Novib




Oxfam Novib is the Dutch affiliate of Oxfam international, an “international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in 92 countries.” Within the Oxfam umbrella, Oxfam Novib plays a leading role on the Arab-Israeli conflict, including demonization and other anti-Israel campaigns.

See also NGO Monitor’s reports on Oxfam InternationalOxfam Great Britain, and Oxfam-Solidarité (Belgium).


2014-2017 grants received (amounts in Euro)

European Union17,840,0009,956,0007,321,000
Other government grants18,585,00015,211,00014,961,000
Other Oxfam branches1570900012,459,000*11,148,000
Dutch government43,495,00056,398,000103,700,000
Grants from other non-profit organizations**21,060,0007,122,000

*According to Oxfam Novib, “The income shown here is the income received from other members of the Oxfam confederation for the implementation of projects by Oxfam Novib and partners.” It is unclear why such funding is included in a table of “Government Grants.”

**Other grants include income from various non-profit organizations, such as IKEA Foundation, Cordaid, ZOA and CARE Netherland.

Funding for Politicized NGOs

  1. In 2015, Oxfam Novib launched a program called “Tax, Budgets and Citizen Participation in OPT” (2015-2020). The overall goal of the program “is to increase the responsiveness of Palestinian national and local budgets to the needs of poor and marginalized citizens, while supporting autonomy and transparency in revenue generation.” The program is directed at four countries: “OPTI, Yemen, Tunisia and Morocco.” Total funding for all countries is nearly €11 million.
  2. Strengthening Resilience in E.J– Project partners include the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC), Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC),  and the Palestinian Counselling Centre (PCC).
    • WCLAC, PMRS, and PARC support BDS initiatives through participation in activities and events, signing of petitions and initiatives, and/or membership in BDS platforms.
    • Additional funding for this project was provided by the European Union’s East Jerusalem Programme.
  3. Integrated Protection in Area C– Joint project with Bimkom and Yesh Din
    • Additional funding provided by the Direction générale Coopération au développement et Aide humanitaire (DGD) of the Belgium government.
  4. Strengthening HR & Access to Info – Gaza – Project with Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) with additional funding by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).
    • According to the project description, “We hope to show that PCHR can be an effective voice of Palestinian peoples rights especially in the Gaza Strip, with the capacity to communicate individual and collective rights violations and advocate for appropriate remedies from both the national and international actors to end the Gaza blockade. This project is funded by the European Union and co-funded by Oxfam Novib.”

Political Advocacy

  • Oxfam Novib is active in promoting an anti-Israel agenda. Its 2009 monitoring report states that Oxfam Novib has “taken the lead in campaigning on Palestinian issues” within the Oxfam International network.
  • Oxfam Novib, along with Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO) and Pax (and Cordaid until January 2016), formed the organization United Civilians for Peace, which advocates for BDS campaigns against Israel and partners with highly politicized NGOs.
  • In July 2017, on the occasion of “50 years of occupation,” Oxfam Novib called to “Put an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, and also to the blockade of the Gaza Strip.” According to Oxfam Novib Policy Officer for the Middle East Evelien van Roemburg, “The expansion of the settlements, excessive use of force, forced expulsions, restrictions of freedom of movement, seizures of land and the destruction of houses are illegal. A powerless condemnation is not enough…We can not wait another 50 years for a solution.”
  • In June 2017, Oxfam Novib Head of Humanitarian Team Suying Lai, placed sole blame on Israel for the situation of people in Gaza stating “The occupation of Palestinian territory by Israel, which has been going on for 50 years, feeds the conflict between Israel and Palestinians…The occupation is the root cause of poverty and injustice in occupied Palestinian territory. This is exacerbated by the political struggle between the Palestinian Authority (in power in the West Bank) and the rulers in Gaza (Hamas). Sustainable and just peace is only possible if Israel ends the occupation” (emphasis added).
  • Signed, as part of the UCP, the 2015 Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA) document titled “Charting a New Course: Overcoming the Stalemate in Gaza,” which misrepresents international law and distorts legal terminology in order to place primary blame for the 2014 Gaza war on Israel. The paper fails to mention Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians, as well as terror tunnels running beneath the border into Israel. It further encourages contact with Hamas, stating that, “Restricted contact can undermine humanitarian access and implementation of humanitarian programmes…”
  • In September 2014, Oxfam Novib, alongside MIFTAHPalestinian Working Woman Society for Development (PWWSD), Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC), and Women for Women in Sweden, participated in meetings held at the 27th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council to discuss “war crimes in Gaza and ongoing human rights violations in Occupied Palestine.”


Appendix 1

The following are selected projects listed as active on Oxfam Novib’s website (as of March 2018):

NGOYear(s)Total Budget (amounts in €)Project
MIFTAH201719,610CO-OPTI MCDI study visit (FAIR-EIU)
2016-2018296,451MIFTAH - Finance for Development
2016-2018159,482MIFTAH - Conflict & Fragility
Women's Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC)2016-2019470,000WCLAC - Strengthening Resilience in E.J
2016-2018230,216WCLAC - Conflict & Fragility
2018-201952,500Women Counseling and Legal Aid Center
Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS)2016-2019421,089PMRS - Strengthening Resilience in E.J
Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC)2016-2019250,703PARC - Strengthening Resilience in E.J
2016-2019855,485Agricultural Development Association
2016-2019221,900Palestinian Agriculture Committee
2015-201747,693Improved Access to Markets
2017-2020373,905Re-use of treated wastewater in Gaza
2017-20211,177,011Agricultural Development Association
Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ)2016-2018300,000ARIJ - Finance for Development
201735,010Where is my medication?
AMAN Coalition2016-2018253,490AMAN - Finance for Development
Bimkom2016-201874,573BIMKOM - Conflict & Fragility
Gisha2016-2018148,167Gisha - Conflict & Fragility
2016-2017349,871Protecting Lives in Closed Borders
2017-201913,632Recovery Support to Vulnerable Farmers
Yesh Din2016-2018107,199Yesh Din - Conflict & Fragility
HaMoked2016-2018156,223HaMoked - Conflict & Fragility
Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA)2016-201883,398CFTA - Conflict & Fragility
2017-201835,000Culture and Free Thought association
Union of Agricultural Work Committee (UAWC)2016-2017289,060Protecting Lives in Closed Borders
2017-20191,606,089Recovery Support to Vulnerable Farmers
2014-201789,625Union of Agricultural Work Committees
2017-2021828,727Union of Agricultural Work Committees
Maan Development Center2017135,445MA'AN Development Center
201846,777Urgent Support to Affected Families
201825,000Rehabilitating of storm water system
2016-2019962,576MAAN Development Center
Women’s Affairs Center20173,622Women Affairs Centre (WAC)
2018-201942,500Women Affairs Center
Women’s Studies Center2018-201950,000Promoting the leadership role of W&Y

Appendix 2

According to quarterly reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, the following Israeli organizations received funding from Oxfam Novib since 2015:

Bimkom201796,136Planning rights in Area C
Gisha20171,551,666Promote the NGO's goals
Hamoked2017205,278Defending residency of Palestinian in East Jerusalem
20,801Protection of Palestinian rights in East Jerusalem
Yesh Din2017319,720Law enforcement project, lands and security forces investigation
181,227Lands project and Law enforcement
2016470,656Law enforcement project, lands and security forces investigation
94,181Lands project and Law enforcement
201521,020Security forces investigation project
353,091Law enforcement project on security forces
Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP)201620,959Supporting 'human rights violations' project
2015189,034Conflict conversion program
Emek Shaveh20166,996Last payment for 2015 West Bank project
201564,411Report and legal activity archeological sites in the West Bank
213,730Watch Project, report on archaeology in the holy places in Jerusalem, public activity in Jerusalem
Adalah2015230,644General Support

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