Palestinians: International Assistance

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 7th February 2011.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2010, Official Report, columns 830-31W, on Palestinians: international assistance, to what non-governmental organisations in Israel other than in the west bank or Gaza his Department has provided funds in each year since 2003; and for what purposes such payments were made.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Between 2003-04 and 2009-10 financial years, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has provided nearly £3.8 million to non-governmental organisations in Israel (other than in the west bank or Gaza). Final funding for the current financial year cannot be confirmed.

Our funding supports our strategic policy priorities to:

(a) help manage or mitigate conflicts;

(b) monitor and promote human rights, access to justice and social welfare; and

(c) strengthen the bi-lateral relationship.

The following non-governmental organisations have received funding from the Middle East and North Africa Conflict Pool or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office:

Abraham Fund;

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI);

Bimkom;

Birax;

Breaking the Silence;

B'Tselem;

Council for Peace and Security (CPS);

Economic Co-operation Foundation (ECF);

Gisha;

Friends of the Earth Middle East (FOEME);

HaMoked;

Hand in Hand;

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC);

International Palestinian Centre for Research and Information (IPCRI);

Ir Amim;

Itach-Makki;

Local Government Association (LGA-UK Organisation);

Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development (NISPED);

No Legal Frontiers;

Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI);

Peace Now;

Women for Human Rights;

Yesh Din.

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