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NGO Development Center (NDC)


Country/TerritoryPalestinian Authority
In their own words“Palestinian non-profit, non-governmental organization supporting Palestinian and NGOs and their representatice entities to more effectively respond to the needs of the most disadvantaged groups in Palestinian society.”



  • 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.”
  • Until 2014, NDC managed the pooled finances of Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands through its Human Rights/Good Governance (HR/GG) program. NGO grantees included some of the most radical groups operating in Israel and the Palestinian Authority, many of which promote “war crimes” cases and lawfare campaigns against Israeli officials. In 2014, NDC was replaced by NIRAS and Birzeit University, which are managing the government funding under a similar framework, Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (“Secretariat”).

Political Advocacy

  • 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.”
  • In a document funded by the French government, outlines “strategic objectives” of Palestinian NGOs, which include: “BDS Campaign[s]”; “Campaign[s] for Academic and Cultural Boycott”; “Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign[s]”; “Anti-normalization Campaign[s]”; “Establish[ing] monitoring data bases by relevant NGOs on sectoral issues and themes (expansion of colonies, construction of Separation and Annexation Wall, Gaza siege, Jerusalem, house demolitions and evictions, water resources, environment, political prisoners, etc.)”; “Implement[ing] and disseminat[ing] in depth thematic studies about Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied territories”; “Development of a unified NGO strategy for international advocacy.”
  • Utilizes biased and politicized rhetoric, including distorted narratives on water distribution, restrictions, violations, and settler violence.

2013 Grant Agreements (Amounts in $US)

DonorAmountStart DateEnd Date
HR/GG Program (Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands)18,060,000May 1, 2010June 20, 2014
French Agency for Development6,500,000July 7, 2010June 30, 2014
World Bank PNGO IV2,000,000August 2, 2010December 31, 2013
World Bank PNGO IV/AF (Additional Funding)5,000,000August 26, 2013September 30, 2016
European Commission500,000February 1, 2013January 31, 2015
Belgian Development Agency16,771April 8, 2013December 6, 2013
Total Grants32,076,771

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