Effectiveness of core funding to CSOs in the field of human rights and international humanitarian law in occupied Palestine - Final Report
Sida Decentralised Evaluations (Sida Review)
Cecilia Karlstedt , Waddah Abdulsalam , Smadar Ben-Natan , Haneen Rizik
The study commissioned by the Swedish Consulate General in Jerusalem reviews the effectiveness of a core funding modality, supporting Palestinian and Israeli human rights organisations. The study concludes that core funding is very important for human rights CSOs working in the volatile and unpredictable conflict context of Israel and Palestine. To have flexible and predictable long term funding for their programmes as defined in their strategic plans and for immediate reactions is fundamental. Core funding also provides stability for staff and means for institutional development and piloting new ways of working. The joint mechanism has played an important role in providing core funding during 10 years to this group of CSOs. The highly competitive environment for funding has however pushed the CSOs into increasingly fragmented and less predictable financing with a multitude of sources. Each CSO manages 15 to 20 grants per year, each with different requirements. This is a major problem for aid effectiveness and in contrast to donor commitments. The donor consortium’s reduction of funding levels has contributed to funding gaps for the CSOs which need to be filled by spending more management time on fundraising and resulting in increased numbers of projects. Hence, the intended efficiency gains remains to be realised. The study recommends a revised approach with full alignment to the CSOs, if possible increased core support and a deeper partnership approach with closer engagement with the core partners in the field.