International Aid Hurts Palestinian Civil Society

Filmmaker Q&A with Nora Lester Murad

What motivated you to make this impact video?

Most people in the world don’t realize how harmful international aid can be when it doesn’t respect people’s rights to set their own development priorities and lead them. We wanted Palestinians to share brief stories about how dependence on international aid affects them in order to contribute to the local and global conversations about how international aid needs to change.


What do you want audiences to take away from this video?

That aid is not always helpful, even if well-intentioned.


Please list key points that should be covered in a post-screening discussion:

Many of the concerns raised by Palestinians are echoed by aid-dependent people around the world.


What opportunities are available for those interested in getting further involved?

Dalia Association welcomes support of all kinds! Please just get in touch: [email protected].


Please provide any additional resources (websites, links to additional videos, forms, articles, etc.): and


Please provide a brief description of the work of the organization featured:

Dalia Association is Palestine’s community foundation. It aims to mobilize Palestinian philanthropy around the world in order to reduce dependence on international aid and enable Palestinian self-determination in development.



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