Foreign Aid to the Gaza Strip between Trusteeship and De-Development

Foreign Aid to the Gaza Strip between Trusteeship and De-Development

By Ahmed Tannira

Anthem Frontiers of Global Political Economy

One of the very few books that focus on the political economy of Gaza under the foreign aid regime that has emerged post Oslo Agreement 1993. 

Hardback, 224 Pages


December 2020

£80.00, $125.00

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About This Book

The book examines the impact of aid to the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip from the 1993 Oslo Agreement up to 2013. It attempts to go beyond the general notion that the Israeli occupation is the main instrument of control and de-development and rather tries to investigate these aspects and the dynamics that have surrounded foreign aid delivery in the Territory. At the socio-economic level, the book explores how donors’ definition of partner for peace has exacerbated socio-economic inequalities within the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip. The book also looks at how foreign aid has been used as an instrument for particular groups to advance politically, and through this socially and economically. Hence, the book attempts to investigate the resultant socio-economic imbalances within Palestinian society in the Gaza Strip.

The book employs the concept of trusteeship. According to this concept, the book argues how aid agencies use development assistance to impose forms of control and governance over underdeveloped people. The book also investigates how trusteeship works under the general assumption that development intervention is designed to a) assist underdeveloped people overcome their socio-economic problem; b) protect developed people from the surplus people (underdeveloped) who are perceived as a threat to the developed world, thus required development intervention. 

The book also explores the extension of control over the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip by examining foreign aid delivery through the Palestinian Authority, the NGO sector, and UNRWA. It proposes that the ‘partner for peace’ paradigm essentially used to govern the relationship between Western doors and the Palestinian Authority demonstrates that the Palestinian Authority had to fulfil security interests that best serve the interests of Israel rather than the Palestinians.


“Ahmed Tannira analyses the way that aid to the Gaza Strip perpetuates a status quo defined by Israel. The uncomfortable implication of this book is that UK, EU and US taxpayers are complicit in an authoritarian relationship that reconstructs an entire society in accordance with the notion that Palestinians are unable to make decisions on their own.” — Patricia Sellick, Associate Professor, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University

Author Information

A former international development consultant in the occupied Palestinian territories and a UK-based researcher in conflict and international development studies.


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations; List of Abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. Problematising Development; 3. Gaza: Periodising De-development Under Occupation; Aid, the ‘Partner for Peace’ and the Reshaping of Palestine’s Political and Socio-Economic Spaces; 5. Gaza’s Civil Society and NGOs: The Professionalisation of Security and the Politicisation of Society; 6. UNRWA: Greater Burdens, Tighter Funding; 7. Conclusion: Foreign Aid, De-development and the Objectification of ‘Surplus People’; Bibliography; Index.


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