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Background Information
Unmasking "aid" after the Palestine Papers
This policy paper argues that the “Palestine Papers” reveal fully the extent to which Palestinians have neither genuine leadership nor a partner for peace. At the foreground is an unrepresentative “authority” prepared to compromise the most fundamental of Palestinian aspirations for an unrelenting colonizer and its imperious supporter. In the background lies a key mechanism enabling Palestinian deprivation: the aid industry. By: Al-Shabaka. 2011. 3 pages. English.
Development or Normalization? Critique of West Bank Development Approaches
An excellent critical examination of West Bank development approaches, including the general approach to development taken by the World Bank, DFID and the Fayyad government, the Quick Impact Project that was proposed for Bethlehem, the Jenin industrial estate, and JICA’s development proposals for the Jordan Valley. By: Stop the Wall Campaign. Undated but likely 2008. English.
Twenty-seven months: Palestinian Economic Crisis
A comprehensive review and analysis of the Palestinian economic crisis through 2002, but still refered to currently. By: The World Bank. 2003. 95 pages. English.
Richard Falk Commentary on the Legal and Human Rights Implications of Shir Hever’s Analysis of Palestinian Aid that Ends up in the Israeli Economy
Richard Falk, the international scholar who just completed his term as UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Occupied Palestine, comments on Shir Hever's analysis of Palestinian aid that ends up in the Israeli economy. This commentary provides the legal and human rights view to the analysis.
How Much International Aid to Palestinians Ends Up in the Israeli Economy?
A new analysis by Shir Hever, an expert on the economics of Israeli occupation, concludes that at least 78% of international aid to Palestinians ends up in the Israeli economy. Hever finds that at least 78% of aid money to the West Bank and Gaza is subverted by use for imports from Israel, thereby covering at least 18% (and up to 31%) of the costs of the occupation for Israel.
World Bank in the West Bank and Gaza
Country study of the World Bank's activities in the West Bank and Palestine with suggestions about how civil society activists may wish to get involved to influence World Bank policies. Published by the Bank Information Center, a nonprofit that advocates for transparency and accountability of international finance institutions. 12 pages.
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.  
What Does an Effective Multilateral Donor Look Like?
Project Briefing No. 40 summarizes research  with beneficiaries of multilateral donors. By: by Overseas Development Institute ( 2012. 4 pages. English only.  
The International Aid System 2005–2010
Primer about international aid system in run-up to the Post-2015 process. Working Paper 235. By: Overseas Development Institute ( 31 pages. Though dated (2004), does present useful introduction and framing to major issues facing aid. English only.