Early Adenauer Roundtable Series

Bad Aid or No Aid? Isn’t There an Alternative?

A 60-minute round-table discussion on the challenges faced and posed by international development work in Palestine, including issues of accountability, transparency and effectiveness.


Guest speakers will be posing ways in which assistance can be detrimental to a community and propose alternatives to the often asked question, “Is bad aid better than no aid?”

Joining us to share their insights on the topic as both practitioners and individuals who are deeply concerned with these issues are Nora Murad (AidWatch Palestine) and Dana Erakat (MoPad).

Nora Lester Murad, PhD, is a writer of fiction and social commentary living in Palestine. Her blog, "The View from My Window in Palestine" addresses issues of development, international aid, and daily life under occupation. She has published in The Guardian, Huffington Post, Aljazeera, Jadaliyya and more. Nora was a co-founder and executive director of Dalia Association, Palestine's first community foundation promoting philanthropy and reducing dependence on international aid. She is also a founder of Aid Watch Palestine, a new initiative to re-envision aid and make it accountable to Palestinians.

Dana Erekat is an architect and planner. She is currently the Head of Aid Management and Coordination Directorate, and Special Advisor to the Minister of Planning and Finance in Palestine. She is the author of several publications, including photography, about Palestine, sustainable development and planning. Dana holds a Master’s degree in City Planning from MIT and a B.A. in Architecture from the U.C. Berkeley.

Breakfast and coffee will be served at 8:30am.

The event will be held in English. Chatham house rules will apply

Please RSVP to info.ramallah@kas.de by May 10th.

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