This article uses game theory as a conceptual approach to gain a holistic understanding of the aid policy of donors supporting Palestinian nongovernmental organizations (PNGOs). It asks how the work of donor-funded PNGOs has impacted Palestinian societal common good in general, and who are the winners and losers as a result of their work. Quantitative methods are used to capture the perceptions of the main actors in relation to the societal outcomes of PNGOs’ work and actors’ political and socio-economic payoffs in the occupied West Bank. Most of the findings align with much of the critical research on the negative societal outcomes of the aid policy to the NGO sector, and corroborate that the Palestinian public is a major loser in political terms and the least beneficiary in socio-economic terms.
Understanding the Rationales of Donor-Funded NGOs in Palestine: A Game Theory Approach
Lina Suleiman is at the Division of Regional Studies, Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. Email: email@example.com
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Lina Suleiman; Understanding the Rationales of Donor-Funded NGOs in Palestine: A Game Theory Approach. Contemporary Arab Affairs 1 March 2021; 14 (1): 51–90. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/caa.2021.14.1.51
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