Geneva Initiative (H.L. Education)
|In their own words||“The GI and our activities are designed to reinstill in the Israeli and Palestinian peoples the hope that it is possible to reach an agreement that will serve their respective national and personal interests and aspirations.”|
- Originally registered as a private company, limiting public access to funding reports. Later registered as a Public-benefit Corporation, which entails more transparency.
- According to its website, 2015 donors include European Union, Switzerland, Denmark, and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Germany).
- The Swiss government was the initial funder and supporter of the initiative. In 2010, received €400,000 from Spain and $250,000 from the United States (USAID) for an ad campaign in advance of the renewal of peace negotiations Other funders have included the EU (two PfP grants in 2004-2006, totaling €507,877), Norway, and Freidich Ebert Stiftung (Germany). (See below for detailed funding information).
- Founded in October 2003 by former Israeli MK and Minister Yossi Beilin, and Secretary General of the PLO Yasser Abed Rabbo. Parallel Palestinian organization is known as the “Palestinian Peace Coalition.”
- Palestinian NGO Badil claimed that Switzerland ended its grants “because it refused to support the Geneva Initiative.” But the Swiss government denied the allegation, describing the Geneva Initiative as “an informal initiative supported by the Government, but that it was never official Swiss foreign policy.”
- In August 2010, before Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, Geneva Initiative introduced a public campaign, including billboards, newspaper ads, and video clips of various Palestinian officials stressing the current window of opportunity to reach a peace deal. According to media reports, both Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayad did not agree to participate in the campaign.
- The original version of the Geneva Initiative press release announcing the campaign stated that “The campaign is supported with the generous support of the American people through USAID,” and featured the USAID logo. The statement and logo were subsequently removed. In correspondence with NGO Monitor, Geneva Initiative General Director Gadi Baltiansky declined to explain this development.
2015 grants based on Geneva Initiative website, 2016 based on reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits
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