Becca Wertman discusses the importance of oversight over international aid, and recent developments in Canadian, European, Swiss, and Danish giving.
As part of UNOCHA's “Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP),” aid appeals are divided into clusters with NGOs serving as implementing partners with UN agencies, and in some cases, responsible for leading the cluster. The cluster system is a key international lobbying and action mechanism through which the PA advances its nationalist and political agenda, sustaining conflict,
- Humanitarian Aid
- Norwegian Refugee Council
- Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)
The United Nations Development Assistance Framework and the Palestinian Authority have signed a “strategic programming framework” for 2018-2022, providing over $1 billion to “support Palestine’s path to independence” and other “pillars of the government’s National Policy Agenda.”
Becca Wertman explains that NGOs that claim human rights agendas must face the facts, that Hamas steals aid.
Does the “Humanitarian Imperative” Override Financial Anti-Terror Regulations? A Response to Chatham House
A position paper published by Chatham House in London overlooks the obvious risks, and demonstrated examples, of aid diversion to terror groups in conflict regions.
The arrest of a United Nations employee on charges of funneling aid to Hamas further highlights the need for effective policies that address the risk of aid diversion, both on the part of the implementing organization and on the part of the funder.
The recent revelation that aid funds from World Vision have been being diverted to fund Hamas activities highlights the need for greater oversight in NGO funding.
USAID's suspension of humanitarian aid to Syria after reports of the diversion of funds to terrorists has important implications for aid to Gaza, where Hamas may act in a similar manner to support its terrorist activities.