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.
The German federal government provides millions of euros to political advocacy NGOs in Israel and the Palestinian Authority, through a variety of frameworks, including German federal funding programs of the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Federal Foreign Office, government-funded church aid, and independent development NGOs.
The second in this series, this report deals with the EU's engagement with civil society, highlighting phenomena such as centralization among grantees, EU-funded networks, and involvement of NGOs in policy-making.
NGO Monitor writes to Dutch officials regarding the conflation of true human rights groups and political advocacy NGOs within the nominees for the Tulip Human Rights Prize, and the biases of the judges for the Prize.