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.

2013-2016 Grants (Amounts in $US)

NGO Grantee2016201520142013
East Jerusalem YMCA87,74487,74487,744100,000
Health Work Committees63,00063,00063,000
Palestinian Youth Association for Leadership and Rights Activation (PYALARA)86,45286,45286,452
Palestinian Medical Relief Society99,97099,97099,970
Palestinian Hydrology Group89,70089,70089,700
Land Research Center179,395299,005299,005
Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO)30,000
Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)70,000
Kav LaOved24,000
Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI)103,000
Physicians for Human Rights102,000
Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP)169,000
Palestinian Center for Peace and Democracy (PCPD)32,000
Palestinian Working Women Society for Development (PWWSD)101,000
Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies (RCHRS)108,000
Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC)130,000
Women s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC)169,000
Women for Life50,000
Arab Thought Forum76,000
Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC)48,000
Women’s Studies Center76,000
Al- Mezan169,000
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)169,000
Women’s Affairs Center (WAC)169,000

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