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  • The British government provides millions of pounds annually, through direct and indirect funding processes, to highly politicized non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that operate in the UK, Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. However, reflecting a lack of transparency, a comprehensive list of local third-party implementing partners is not available.
  • NGO grantees receive direct funding from the Department for International Development (DFID), the British National Security Council (NSC), and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), with funds disbursed by UK embassies, consulates, and representative offices.
  • Indirect NGO funding comes from aid frameworks such as Christian AidCatholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), and Oxfam GB, which all receive significant funding from the British government.

Direct UK Funding

The Department for International Development (DFID)

  • According to the DFID’s Development Tracker website, the UK has allocated a total of approximately £100 million to the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem for 2019-2020. Of this amount, approximately 70% is allocated to “Government and Civil Society.”
  • DFID is funding six active projects in the West Bank and Gaza for 2019-2020, with a total budget of £102 million.
  • Information on projects funded by the DFID is available in a projects database. However, local NGO recipients and third-party recipients of UK funds via international organizations do not appear on the website.

DFID Projects in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank:

ProjectBudget BeneficiariesPartners
Humanitarian Access in the Occupied Palestinian Territories£3,700,000 (2016-2021)United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)Details of third party NGO recipients and amounts are not listed
People For Peaceful Change - People to People work in Israel and The Occupied Palestinian Territories£3,000,000 (2017-2020)Search for Common Ground (SFCG)Search for Common Ground and UK’s Development Tracker website do not list third party implementing partners
Supporting Economic Empowerment and Development in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (SEED OPTs)£42,999,998 (2018-2023)European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ¦ IMC Worldwide ¦ International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) ¦ United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) ¦ International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)Details of third party NGO recipients and amounts are not listed
Palestinian Security Sector Capability Accountability Sustainability and Inclusivity Programme in the Occupied Palestinian Territories£2,520,480 (2019-2021)Ernst & Young ¦ Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) ¦ Ernst & YoungDetails of third party NGO recipients and amounts are not listed

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

  • Despite assurances of vetting and verification procedures, FCO does not give details of third party NGO recipients and funding amounts.
  • In 2016, due to reports that UK foreign funds to the PA were being used to pay salaries of convicted terrorists, the FCO mandated that Palestinian aid be directed through the European Union’s PEGASE mechanism (Palestinian-European Socio-Economic Management Assistance Mechanism).

FCO projects in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank

ProjectBudgetPartners
British Council – Occupied Palestinian Territories£8,940,097 (2016-2020)Details of third party NGO recipients and amounts are not listed
Chevening Scholarships in Occupied Palestinian Territories£857,293 (2019-2020)Details of third party NGO recipients and amounts are not listed
Supporting Human Rights, Democracy and the Rules based International System in Occupied Palestinian Territories£209,890 (2018-2019)Details of third party NGO recipients and amounts are not listed
Frontline Diplomatic Enabling Activity in Occupied Palestinian Territories£30,939 (2019)Details of third party NGO recipients and amounts are not listed
Supporting Human Rights, Democracy and the Rules based International System in Occupied Palestinian Territories£225,146 (2018-2019)Details of third party NGO recipients and amounts are not listed
Frontline Diplomatic Enabling Activity in Occupied Palestinian Territories£7,853 (2019)Details of third party NGO recipients and amounts are not listed

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

UK Direct Funding to Israeli NGOs

Information for 2017-2019 taken from quarterly reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits.

NGOSourceYearSum (NIS)
GishaEmbassy - UK2019244,412
2018395,275
201791,362
HaMokedForeign and Commonwealth Office2019160,740
201844,700
Kerem NavotUK Consulate20193,553
Physicians for Human Rights – IsraelEmbassy - UK2019300,019
2018123,008
Comet MEMFA - UK2018851,158

Indirect UK Funding

Christian Aid

Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)

Funding via the United Nations

Oxfam GB

  • In 2014-2017, Oxfam GB received £138.8 million from the UK government. In FY 16-17, Oxfam GB received £8.4 million from DFID.
  • Oxfam GB draws an immoral symmetry between Israeli self-defense and illegal attacks by terror organizations, and fails to acknowledge Hamas’ exploitation of the civilian population of Gaza as human shields. Its statements refer to the blockade of Gaza as the key impediment to peace, failing to mention that the purpose of Israel’s blockade is to prevent the illegal flow of weapons to Hamas and other terror groups.
  • In 2013-2017, Oxfam GB granted NIS 936,272 to GishaB’TselemZochrotEmek Shaveh, and Yesh Din.

Indirect UK Funding to NGOs Active in the Arab-Israeli Conflict

NGOSourceYearSum
ACRIChristian Aid2019NIS 84,412
2018NIS 147,606
2017NIS 134,850
AdalahChristian Aid2019NIS 105,419
2018NIS 28,635
Breaking the SilenceCAFOD2019NIS 94,400
2018NIS 92,587
2017NIS 105,711
GishaOxfam - GB2017NIS 46,070
Wi'amCAFOD2018-2020£50,284
Culture and Free Thought AssociationCAFOD2017-2019£153,262
WAC-MA'ANCAFOD2017-2019£66,000
EAPPICAFOD2017-2019£80,000
Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC)CAFOD2016-2019£33,753

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