Dutch Government Cuts Subsidy for NGO Helping Palestinians

    Dutch non-governmental organization Catholic Organization for Development Cooperation, or Cordaid, is reeling from a 42 percent decrease in government subsidy in the last two months.

    Cordaid, which allocates bulk of its budget for development projects in the Palestinian territories, believes that the new right-wing Dutch government is singling out the NGO due to its Palestinian connections.

    “Of course, it is in a way political because in Holland we have to deal with this new government,” Trees Kosterman, who helps coordinate Cordaid’s spending on Palestinian projects, was quoted by PNN as saying. “Loyalty and solidarity with the Third World is not on their agenda anymore. Holland was always one of the countries where that was very high on the agenda.”

    The cut will prompt Cordaid to dismiss one-third of its 400-member workforce, according to Kosterman but stressed that the NGO will not shut down.

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      Ma. Rizza Leonzon

      As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.