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Infograhic on International Aid
This report consists of a mapping of donor aid to the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) from 2012-14, and where possible, 2015. The information was compiled making use 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.   In addition to compiling the most accurate accountof aid currently in existencefor that period, this report provides ananalysis of that data and the mapping exercise itself.
International aid to the Palestinians has served different purposes historically and has always incorporated a diversity of agendas as might be expected from the diversity of donors and changing political contexts and times. Nonetheless, certain dominant themes to the overarching agenda of aid towards the Palestinians can be detected and distilled from these experiences, despite this internal diversity and its agenda. Moreover, the transformation and competition between dominant aid agendas over time also speaks to the way in which political agendas and power dynamics realize themselves between donors and the Palestinian people and movement on the one hand, and within the Palestinian polity and movement on the other.   Needless to say, all aid to the Palestinians has been justified by donors as part and parcel of beneficent motives. While determining what is and isn’t beneficent at a particular time is politically conditioned, equally relating to humanitarian issues and tactical and strategic questions and priorities, it is the totality of this aid’s consequences that ultimately must be judged.
Final Report Research on the Complaints Processes of Aid Actors in Gaza
The aims of the research are threefold. Firstly – to examine to what extent aid actors translate humanitarian standards regarding good practice and accountability into practical steps for day to day life in Palestine. Secondly – to promote discussion and sharing of knowledge regarding accountability in aid processes in Palestine and thirdly – to promote best practices to increase direct communication between recipients of aid and donors and implementers.    The main findings can be summarised as such: only 31% of aid actors operating in Gaza and contacted during the duration of this study replied, to inform us that they have a formal complaints process in place for aid recipients. Overall, we found that though there are some very good examples of good practice and examples of CRMs, in general complaints processes are used irregularly among aid actors (i.e. INGOs, Palestinian NGOs, donors and coordinating bodies), are not always easy to access, and are often poorly utilized as learning or accountability mechanisms.    Of the organisations sampled in this research, INGOs were the group which most frequently responded positively, in that they do have a formal complaints mechanism in place. 56% percent of the INGOs consulted during this research have formal complaints processes. As for other categories of aid actors, 25% of the Palestinian NGOs, 23% of donors and 20% of coordinating bodies have an existing formal complaints process. However, it is clear that all of these aid actors have the capacity to implement formal complaints process and/or improve and should improve existing mechanisms.
Questions and Answers about the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM)
What is the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM)? The GRM is a temporary agreement between the Palestinian Authority (PA), Israel and the United Nations (UN) that went into effect after the attack on the Gaza Strip in 2014. The GRM sets out procedures supposedly to enable the entry of essential construction materials into the Gaza Strip which is under Israeli blockade.
Leaked Documemt: Diakonia’s Expert Legal Opinion on the GRM
UN database for Gaza aid may give Israel targets to attack — secret memo
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A document obtained by The Electronic Intifada revealed that the UN was warned that its database of potential aid recipients in Gaza could provide Israel with targets for future attacks. Diplomats and UN officials were also warned that plans for rebuilding Gaza after it was attacked by Israel in 2014 violated international law. According to a confidential legal opinion by a law professor who analyzed the mechanism for a major aid agency that works closely with the UN, the UN-backed Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM) is illegal and violates the very “right to life” of the Palestinian people, .   link to full report: Attached: Gaza Reconstuction Mechanism, Legal Opinion in GRM The Elecrtonic Intifada, Ali Abunimah, 2016
Restricting Aid: The Challenges of Delivering Aid in the OPt
This summary of a survey about international actors in Palestine concludes significant, widespread and costly movement and access challenges the INGO's are facing as they deliver aid to Palestinians. By: Association of International Development Agencies. ( 2011. 13 pages. English only.              
EU's Aid to the oPt: Deepening Crisis in Gaza
This assessment of the role EU aid is playing in the Gaza Strip calls for change in EU policy. By: CIDSE Working Group on Palestine/Israel ( 2009. 20 pages. English only.
Failing Gaza: A Report One Year After Cast Lead
This assessment and critique of international humanitarian response was released one year after the 2008-2009 Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip. It includes a call to action. By: Several international NGOs including Diakonia, MAP-UK, Mercy Corps, Oxfam and others. 2009. 18 pages. English only. 


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