UK Funding for Israeli and Palestinian NGOs-Update
- In May 2016 the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office responded to a question submitted by Joan Ryan MP, detailing funding for Israeli and Palestinian NGOs “through the (i) Conflict Security and Stability Fund and (ii) bilateral programme budget.” For the details on this funding see table below.
- These two programs are managed via two separate UK government offices:
- The Conflict Security and Stability Fund (which has replaced the “Conflict Pool” in April 2015) is administered by the British National Security Council (NSC) “taking a long-term view of British interests.”
- The Bilateral Programme Budget (BPB) is administered via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with funds disbursed by UK embassies, consulates and representative offices.
- Many of the Israeli NGO grantees (£620,212 in 2015/6) are highly politicized and controversial organizations as seen within Israeli society. Evaluations of impacts and their capabilities to advance the ostensible objectives for this UK government funding, if any, are not publicly available.
- An additional source of funding for political NGOs is the Department for International Development (DFID – UK Aid) which partners with and provides funds to various international NGOs which then fund Israeli and Palestinian groups. These include the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Christian Aid, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), etc.
- Partial information on DFID funding is available in a projects database. Local NGO recipients, which receive UK funds via international organizations, appear anonymously as “civil society organizations / NGOs.” (“Supplier Name Withheld”). Additionally, details on grants to Palestinian NGOs no longer (as of May 2016) appear on the website of the British Consulate in Jerusalem.
UK Funding for Israeli NGOs- 2015/2016 (excluding DFID)
|The Peres Centre for Peace||Conflict, Stability and Security Fund||£44,592|
|Centre for Professional Arab Local Governance||Conflict, Stability and Security Fund||£60,608|
|Kids Creating Peace||Conflict, Stability and Security Fund||£40,000|
|Yesh Din||Conflict, Stability and Security Fund||£196,084|
|Gisha||Conflict, Stability and Security Fund||£53,126|
|Peace Now||Conflict, Stability and Security Fund||£124,361|
|Terrestrial Jerusalem||Conflict, Stability and Security Fund||£51,040|
|The International Peace and Cooperation Centre||Conflict, Stability and Security Fund||£232,933|
|Rabbis for Human Rights||Conflict, Stability and Security Fund||£101,441|
UK Funding for Palestinian NGOs- 2015/2016
|Jerusalem Community Advocacy Network ( also registered in Israel)||Conflict, Stability and Security Fund||£141,679|
|Society for the care of Disabled People||Bilateral Programme Budget||£9,117|
|Nawa Association for Culture and Arts Association||Bilateral Programme Budget||£7,111|
|Al Aqsa Sports and Social Club||Bilateral Programme Budget||£9,602|
|Society for Physically Handicapped People||Bilateral Programme Budget||£9,602|
|Ibda’a for children development and institutional cultural exchange||Bilateral Programme Budget||£5,062|
|Idna Cooperation - Women Capacity Building||Bilateral Programme Budget||£6,658|
|Sourif Association for Higher Education||Bilateral Programme Budget||£2,920|
|Iman and Baraem Kindergartens||Bilateral Programme Budget||£4,865|
|ADWAR Association for Social Change||Bilateral Programme Budget||£5,516|
|Assembly of Benevolent Operation||Bilateral Programme Budget||£7,061|
|Atwar centre||Bilateral Programme Budget||£1,282|
|Diyar Sports school for Girls||Bilateral Programme Budget||£6,328|
|Saint Nicolas Home for the Elderly||Bilateral Programme Budget||£5,183|
|Hebron Rehabilitation Committee||Bilateral Programme Budget||£5,010|
|Ashtar Theatre||Bilateral Programme Budget||£2,127|
|The Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry||Bilateral Programme Budget||£9,963|
|Aqaba Club for Unity and Hope||Bilateral Programme Budget||£5,169|
|Burj Al Luqluq Youth Centre (also registered in Israel)||Bilateral Programme Budget||£19,297|
|Silwan Youth Centre (also registered in Israel)||Bilateral Programme Budget||£7,173|