Transparency & Government Funding

Political NGOs receive massive amounts of funding from governments, both directly and indirectly via aid foundations. This funding is shrouded in secrecy: donors and recipients alike often fail to report the details of such funding, decision-making processes are hidden from public scrutiny, and governments refuse to release essential documentation.

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World Bank Funding to Palestinian NGOs with Ties to Terror

In 2018-2021, the World Bank funded a $17 million project managed by an anti-peace Palestinian group, NGO Development Center. The project lists several NGO grantees that, according to the available evidence, have links to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and Hamas, which is designated as a terror group by the US, the EU, Canada, and Israel.

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Germany’s Development Cooperation System: The Need for Greater Transparency and Accountability

Germany is one of the largest donors of international development aid in the world, allocating $24.7 billion to bilateral assistance in 2017 alone. However, due to an extreme lack of transparency, overlapping responsibilities for multi-ple government agencies, and the involvement of dozens of different actors, it is difficult to assess the effectiveness of this aid, raising concerns about po-tential abuse of public funds and inefficient management.

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