Background Overview

April 15, 2012
Instructions for using CSN’s Background page
Use the Filter by Issue drop down menu to select the issue (e.g. Human Rights, Partner Vetting System) you want to explore.   After making a selection, all of the news articles, reports, and more will appear below.  Let us know if you have any questions: info [at]

Studies/Reports Overview and Topic List

August 24, 2015

The Charity and Security Network has created a number of abstracts of reports and studies relevant to our membership, with links to the original reports. Here you will find a list of these abstracts, organized by topic, including counterterrorism, financial access and remittances, humanitarian aid, material support and more.

You can also go directly to the most recent reports and studies


List of Experts

June 2, 2012

The Charity and Security Network provides a list of experts with policy, legal and field experience on how national security laws impact nonprofits and the people they serve. To invite them for press interviews, conferences or other speaking events, please contact us

Analysis Overview and List of Topics

May 13, 2013

The Charity & Security Network has prepared analysis on a number of topics relevant to our members, including Enabling Environment for Civil Society, Partner Vetting System, Material Support and Humanitarian Aid, as well as discussion of U.S. Departments of Treasury and State policies. Here you will find a list of topics and links. 


September 11, 2015

A wealth of background information is available in this section, organized by topics such as humanitarian access, financial access and remittances, grantmaking, countering violent extremism and more. 

DID YOU SEE: Safeguarding Humanitarianism in Armed Conflict

July 21, 2012

A new report by the Charity & Security Network  Safeguarding Humanitarianism in Armed Conflict examines how the international humanitarian obligations of the U.S. conflict with domestic counterterrorism measures when applied to charities seeking to aid civilians in areas of armed conflict.

“Safeguarding Humanitarianism in Armed Conflict is a comprehensive study of the corrosive effect of counterterrorism measures on humanitarian action. It drives home the point that over-reaction is the very thing that makes terrorism succeed."   

  -- Gabor Rona, Human Rights First

Charity & Security Network on the Ethiopian Airlines Plane Crash

The humanitarian aid and human rights communities were significantly impacted by the recent Ethiopian Airlines jetliner crash. Charity & Security Network extends its heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of all 157 victims. In particular, we acknowledge and honor the contributions of those victims who worked in the the humanitarian community in organizations including Save the Children, Catholic Relief Services, Norwegian Refugee Council, CARE, and the Red Cross. These organizations and their employees work in some of the most dangerous places on the globe and risk their lives daily to bring vital assistance to the world’s most vulnerable communities. The loss of so many at once will reverberate throughout the NGO community for some time. We will hold all of you in our hearts as you move through this difficult period.