De-Risking Creates Unintended Consequences for Global Poor

November 23, 2015

Efforts to curb money laundering and illicit terrorist financing have had unintended negative consequences internationally, in particular for people and organizations in poor countries via remittances, correspondent banking and humanitarian aid. More transparency, greater data and a stronger risk-based approach (RBA) are needed, according to a new report from The Center for Global Development, Unintended Consequences of Anti-Money Laundering Policies for Poor Countries.

Anti-money laundering and combating of the financing of terror policies (AML/CFT) have created pressure for institutions to be uniformly risk-averse. As a result of mixed messages and imprecise guidelines from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), along with a chilling effect from enforcement actions and fines on large financial institutions, banks are engaging in “de-risking” by ceasing to engage in any activity with organizations or individuals that a seen to be higher risk. 

Report Highlights Conflict Between Counterterrorism Laws and Humanitarian Action

October 14, 2015

Measures intended to protect the world from terrorism intensify the difficulties for humanitarians in those same areas where terrorists operate. States have found it difficult to create a way for counterterrorism measures and humanitarian principles can co-exist, according to a new research briefing report from the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict, Suppressing Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Supporting Principled Humanitarian Action: A Provisional Framework for Analyzing State Practice

Remittances to Somalia Continue to Decline

October 12, 2015

Remittances to Somalia are down significantly, according to a new, real-time look at the issue, Assessment of External Remittances in Selected Urban Areas and Among Displaced Populations Across Somalia. The survey of 2,300 households in urban areas as well as displaced populations throughout the country was conducted in July by Food Security, Nutrition, and Analysis Unit – Somalia (FSNAU), an arm of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Rural areas were not covered due to security and logistical constraints. Participants were asked about remittances received over the previous six months.

Report: Does CVE Work?

October 1, 2015

Does CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) Work? A new report from the Global Center on Cooperative Security asks that question, in an effort to determine the best approach moving forward. 

As the most significant development in counterterrorism in recent years, CVE is at a "fulcrum point," the report asserts. There is enough experience with it to expect data to be collected and analyzed, and these analyses should inform future work in the field if it is to be evidence-based.

Sectoral Equity: UN Special Rapporteur Finds Disparities in Laws for Businesses, Associations

September 28, 2015

States often impose more burdensome regulations on associations than on businesses, according to a new report by the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association (A/70/266). The report notes that states have an obligation under international law to both protect the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and to promote those rights. According to the Special Rapporteur, this includes a “duty to create the best possible enabling environment for the existence and operation of associations.” 

Analysis - U.S. National Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment 2015 Sets Stage for Review of Rules Impacting Nonprofit Organizations

September 28, 2015

In anticipation of the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) evaluation of U.S. implementation of its anti-money laundering and terrorist financing (AML/TF) standards, the U.S. Department of Treasury published the first National Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment on June 12, 2015.

Report: The Impact of FATF Recommendation 8 on Civil Society in Europe and Asia

August 20, 2015

Foreign policy concerns regarding an “enabling environment” for civil society organizations (CSOs) are “frequently contradicted by the actions that states demand in the name of ‘counter-terrorism’,” according to an August 2015 report by Statewatch and the Human Security Collective, Countering terrorism or constraining civil society?

Impact on Women: Counterterrorism Laws and Policies Restricting Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Work

August 19, 2015

A new C&SN Issue Brief examines the impact on women of counterterrorism laws and policies restricting peacebuilding and humanitarian work. It looks at the disproportionate effect that armed conflict has on women, shines a light on the role women are taking in these global hot spots to improve their lives and their communities, and explains how empowering legislation would allow U.S.

Report: How Civil Society Engagement can help the UN Peacebuilding’s Architecture Meet its Purpose

August 7, 2015

In April 2015, the Quaker United Nations Group and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict released a report titled How Civil Society Engagement can help the UN Peacebuilding’s Architecture Meet its Purpose. In addition to reviewing the UN’s Peacebuilding Architecture (PBA), the report explains how civil society is a vital link to the UN peacebuilding efforts as it helps the UN better understand the people and communities they serve.