Bank derisking, one of the most significant threats to non-profit organizations (NPOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), just got a publicity boost by none other than Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, who also serves as the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA). The queen, in her latter capacity, opened the 26th Egmont Group Plenary on July 4, 2019 by speaking about the need to address financial access problems NPOs are facing, calling for collaboration to address financial exclusion for individuals and organizations alike. In particular, the queen spoke about the derisking of NPOs, which “is critical at a time when populations in need of humanitarian assistance are growing.”
In Safeguarding Humanitarian Access in Sanctions Regimes Alice Debarre of the International Peace Institute argues that although sanctions regimes are used with the assumption that they minimize harm, they actually can devastate civilian populations, particularly those that rely on humanitarian aid, including refugees and internally displaced persons. Sanctions regimes also affect humanitarian organizations’ ability to deliver aid on the basis of need alone and not be directed by the political objectives of sanctions programs.
I had the good fortune of attending the release of the Global Peace Index 2019 (GPI) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on June 20. The GPI is an annual report authored by the Institute for Economics & Peace; this year it’s a staggering 103 pages of data quantifying everything from a comprehensive ranking of the world’s most and least peaceful countries to the greatest threats to peace in different regions to how climate change will impact the rates of violence across the globe to a new section on positive peace. It’s an incredible report, but it’s also deeply alarming, and not just because the United States is now ranked as the world’s 128th most peaceful country, after Bangladesh, Honduras and Brazil.