Report: Dialog Among Stakeholders Key to Successful Counterterrorism Framework

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Date: 
July 2, 2013

A June 2013 report, To Protect and Prevent: Outcomes of a Global Dialogue to Counter Terrorist Abuse of the Nonprofit Sector is the product of a multi-year project led by the United Nations that brought together key stakeholders in civil society and government with the aim of developing more effective recommendations for government creating anti-terrorist financing laws that impact nonprofits. Published by the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation, the report addresses the key principles of risk and proportionality in government response to the issue, the importance of building relationships between stakeholders, including nonprofits and governments, and makes recommendations for means of exercising oversight and investigation abuse. It notes that opportunities for ongoing dialog are an important component of future, successful engagement in this area.

The key findings in the report are that:

  • There is a strong demand “for ongoing dialog among stakeholders” and that the “active participation of the nonprofit sector is essential to help build relationships of trust and confidence in emerging regulatory frameworks.”  These should also include banks and financial institutions, because of their impact on nonprofit operations.
     
  • Collect and disseminate best practices globally.  “[T]here is a consensus on the key elements of an effective response, including the need for a risk-based approach that identifies and mitigates the risk of terrorism financing, proportionality, outreach to the sector, and engagement on a whole-of-government basis across relevant government agencies.”
     
  • The need for capacity building, in both government and the nonprofit sector, is significant.

 

See also: Need for Protection from Repressive Laws and Over-Regulation