The Emergence of a Palestinian Globalized Elite: Donors, International Organizations and Local NGOs
Institute for Palestine Studies
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This book examines the ways in which external actors influence Palestinian NGOs in terms of setting development policies and their relative promotion of democratization. It also assesses the capacity of Palestinian NGOs to contribute to the elaboration of global agendas through transnational activism and global conferences. The authors find that local actors and social structures do not remain static, but are transformed as they are drawn into new transnational relations and then seek to negotiate their place within the aid industry and their relations with donors and international NGOs. Empirical data for this study was drawn from organizations working within three sectors: health, gender and development, and human rights and democracy.


Sari Hanafi holds a doctorate in Sociology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He specializes in issues pertaining to the Palestinian Diaspora, and has done research on specific professional groups, for example engineers in Syria and Egypt, and the relationship between non-governmental organizations and global agendas. Hanafi was the former director of the Palestinian Diaspora and the Refugee Centre, Shaml. He is currently a visiting associate professor at the American University of Beirut.

Linda Tabar a Palestinian academic and fellow at the Institution of Women's Studies in Toronto, Canada, and a fellow at the Center for Development Studies at the Birzeit University.