NGO Monitor, a Jerusalem-based research organization, has been analyzing the misuse of development aid funds in the Israeli-Arab conflict zone by highly partisan Canadian NGOs such as KAIROS and Alternatives. According to media reports, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has rejected grant renewal applications from these NGOs. The requested government funding in the amount of $C7 million would reportedly have covered half of KAIROS’ budget; in 2007, Alternatives received $C3.9 million from the Federal Government, out of a $C4.9 million budget.

Instead of applying CIDA funds to projects in Gaza and the West Bank that promote development, create jobs, and provide basic services, KAIROS and Alternatives use government resources for divisive political advocacy that promotes conflict:

NGO Monitor President Prof. Gerald Steinberg said: “For too many years, Canadian taxpayer funds designated for aid were misused by KAIROS and Alternatives. They appear to do good work elsewhere, but on Arab-Israeli issues, these NGOs promote conflict and hatred. The government’s policy review serves as an important example for European government aid frameworks similar to CIDA.”

Click here for detailed analysis of KAIROS
Click here for detailed analysis of Alternatives
See also NGO Monitor’s submission to the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism