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Whose Aid is it Anyway? Politicizing Aid in Conflicts and Crises

This Briefing Paper 145 contributes to shaping the debate about the general direction of aid practice. It explains problematic aspects of the aid industry and makes policy and practice recommendations for various actors. By: Oxfam ( 2011. 34 pages. English only.

Good Practice in Donor Engagement with Civil Society

This commentary aimed at international donors presents twelve lessons on partnering with civil society. It is a response to the "Peer Reviews" released by the OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC). It is #2 in a series of briefing papers. By: Aid Watch Canada (). 2012. 20 pages. English only.


Private Oxfam International Briefing for “Conference in Support of the Palestinian Economy for the Reconstruction of Gaza” on 2 March 2009

Non-public briefing note to frame issues in advance of the 2009 donor conference in response to the 2008-9 Israeli aggression on Gaza. Addresses politicization of aid and accountability of aid damage, among other issues. 2009. 6 pages. English only.

Independent Review of Poverty Reduction & Development Assistance

A report titled, "Rethinking Partnerships in a Post-2015 World: Towards Equitable, Inclusive and Sustainable Development." Includes sections on types of partnerships, rights-based approach, and donor country reports. By: The Reality of Aid ( 2014. 298 pages. English only.

Civil Society Perspectives on Progress Since Paris

Global retrospective about progress in development since the 2005 Paris Declaration including chapter by Palestinian NGO Network ( from pages 196-204. By:  Reality of Aid ( 2011. 371 pages. English only.

Evaluating Aid to Palestinians in the oPt

Oxfam Briefing Paper (27-pages) assessing aid policy in the context of donors' statebuilding objectives. Marked: Confidential, for limited circulation.

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. 

International Assistance in Gaza: Aiding Fragmentation or Unity?

A "conflict sensitivity assessment" that draws deeply on perspectives from Gaza about aid response after the 2008-9 Israeli aggression. Provides specific, insightful and practical direction to aid actors some of which does not exist elsewhere.

Can Oslo's Failed Aid Model Be Laid to Rest?

This policy brief argues that donors are reinforcing failed past patterns associated with the so-called “peace dividends” model while making only cosmetic changes to their engagement. It is useful as an overview of the way aid critics view the influence of the Oslo process on Palestinian national development. By Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network (

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