Department of Social & Policy Sciences

New Study Maps Donor Aid to the Occupied Palestinian Territories 2012 to 2014/15

19 January 2018


Mapping of Donor Funding of the Occupied Palestinian Territories book cover

— This study provides the most complete mapping to date of donor aid to the Palestinians for 2012-2014/15.


A recent study that maps international donor aid to the Palestinians has been published by the independent, Palestinian-driven initiative Aid Watch Palestine (AWP). It was carried out by one of our researchers, Dr Jeremy Wildeman (Bath), in conjunction with a Palestinian researcher from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Dr Alaa Tartir (Geneva).

To date this report represents the most complete account of international aid figures to the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT) for 2012-2014/15. Those figures were derived out of multiple databases, reports and published studies, as well as direct letters of enquiry written to over thirty major donors asking them for information about their aid package for that period.

The report further provides analysis of the figures and the experience compiling data from the donors. It has been published in Arabic and English in a single file in order to provide maximum access to local Palestinian and international researchers, aid workers, political actors and anyone interested from the general public.

Dr Wildeman said about this report, ‘This fulfils part of Aid Watch Palestine’s mandate of pursuing local ownership over the aid process, which needs to start with an accounting of what funds are coming in through this highly fragmented international donor process. Until Palestinians can easily find a thorough accounting of the billions of dollars flowing into their captured economy and institutions, influencing their government and subsidising the status quo, it will be impossible to ensure any form of local ownership and donor accountability of the process. Palestinians need to know what money is coming in, from where and for what purpose. This is a step in the right direction, though Aid Watch needs more resources to carry out much more of this foundational research’.

Dr Tartir said, ‘The mapping exercise presented in this report is just an initial step down a longer path AWP is committed to take in helping community stakeholders and aid actors – local and international, public and private – to come together to participate in a critical and constructive look at the way in which Palestinian aid is given. It is an essential step towards the objective of achieving aid effectiveness for an enormous, fragmented and opaque aid process, which has failed to achieve its primary developmental aims [of development and peace]. The ultimate aim is to achieve aid effectiveness and improve the general welfare of people living in the region, for which transparency must first be achieved.

The Director of Aid Watch Palestine, Nour Asfour, said that, ‘In the process of achieving our mission of “A Palestinian society capable of monitoring international aid towards promoting transparency and accountability”, AWP produced this study because of the very fragmented nature of data on donor aid disbursed to the Palestinians. This study aims to contribute to effective aid, leading to rights-claiming and sustainable development solutions, by first providing this information'.