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.
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.
Contracts related to these grants detail activities previously carried out or planned by the NGOs include campaigning for the release of convicted murderers, international and legal attacks against Israel, and promoting incitement that makes the stated objective of “lasting peace” less attainable.
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has used millions of European taxpayer funds, primarily from the UK, for a campaign that exploits the Israeli justice system and is aimed at circumventing appropriate diplomatic channels.
A full analysis of all of the grants reported annually by 39 Israeli NGOs in the years 2012-2016.
A full analysis of all of the grants reported annualy by 27 Israeli NGOs in the years 2012-2014.
NGO Monitor provides guidelines for foreign governments to consider before funding NGOs, and calls for greater transparency in the funding process.
NGO Transparency Law Update: NGO Funding From Foreign Governments Reported to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, 2012-2014
Transparency regarding government funding for NGOs transcends partisan ideology, and is essential for ensuring the values of democracy and accountability.