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. 

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


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. 

Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Overview

February 11, 2013

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an intergovernmental policy-making body that sets anti-terrorist financing and anti-money laundering standards. These standards are used to assess the adequacy of laws and regulations in nearly every country in the world. Since 9/11, FATF has increased its focus on regulation of financial services and charities. In doing so, it created Recommendation 8 (R8) on laws relating to non-profit organizations. This measure has created negative consequences for charitable and development programs, and has impacted civil society operations and access to financial resources to support nonprofit work. Although FATF has taken positive steps since 2012 to prevent abuse or misapplication of its program, more needs to be done to ensure that anti-terrorist financing laws cut the flow of money to terrorists, not to civil society. CSOs must pay close attention to the workings of FATF to prevent new laws that impede their work. 

Fact Sheet - FATF: What Nonprofits Need to Know


Global NPO Coalition on FATF

Since 2012, the Transnational NPO Working Group on FATF has helped civil society raise its voicewith FATF at the national level. It has coordinated responses to draft revisions of FATF's Best Practices Paper and Typology Report, as well as working to develop a formal consultation process with FATF. More recently, it has worked for changes in R8 and its accompanying Interpretive Note (see p. 54). 

JOIN the Global NPO Coalition on FATF

The Global Coalition also facilitates the Civil Society-FATF Platform. This helpful resource contains news, background and other information about FATF to ensure that civil society is effectively engaged in the Working Group's activities. 


Featured Resources

Links to Key FATF Documents

Global Coalition Resources


See related issues: Anti-Terrorism Financing and Financial Access


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

Background Overview

April 15, 2012
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