CSN Events Overview

April 26, 2011

Know Your Rights Series

Charity & Security Network hosts a series of webinars on knowing your rights and protecting your nonprofit organization. Please check our website regularly for additional webinars in this series. For additional resources, see the Know Your Rights section of our website. 
November 13, 2018 Webinar - Responding to Congressional Investigations
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Task Force on Humanitarian Access Releases Recommendations, Report

September 24, 2019

The Task Force on Humanitarian Access, co-chaired by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Todd Young (R-IN), released Denial, Delay, Diversion: Tackling Access Challenges in an Evolving Humanitarian Landscape on Sept. 18. The Task Force, launched by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in March 2019, sponsored its first Washington Humanitarian Forum the next day. The report provides essential background on the legal foundations supporting humanitarian access, analyses the “steep escalation in the deliberate, willful obstruction” of it and makes recommendations for all stakeholders. In a letter introducing the report, Booker and Young state that, “Our hope is that this initiative will raise the profile of these critical issues as serve as both a warning to those who would deny humanitarian access and as a call to action of U.S. policymakers, the United Nations and aid agencies.”

Report Summary: Safeguarding Humanitarian Action in Sanctions Regimes

July 9, 2019

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. 

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Abstract: Development Needs Civil Society: The Implications of Civic Society for the Sustainable Development Goals

June 20, 2019

Development Needs Civil Society: The Implications of Civic Society for the Sustainable Development Goals,” by the ACT Alliance and Institute for Development Studies, examines the consequences of closing civic space on civil society organizations (CSOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the media and other groups that bridge the public and private sectors. It includes a literature review and 16 case studies, (12 desk-based and four field-based).

Summary: Does the FATF Help or Hinder Financial Inclusion? A Study of FATF Mutual Evaluations

June 10, 2019

In Does the FATF Help or Hinder Financial Inclusion? Mike Pisa of the Center for Global Development examines whether the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) Risk Based Assessment (RBA) approach helps developing countries implement its anti-money laundering (AML) and countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) standards without increasing financial exclusion.

Abstract: Civil Society and the G20: Towards a Review of Regulatory Models and Approaches

June 3, 2019

The normal amount of “tension” between civil society organizations (CSOs) and G20 member governments has worsened, with significant consequences for all, according to a new policy brief, Civil Society and the G20: Towards a Review of Regulatory Models and Approaches. The paper comes roughly three months before the annual G20 Summit, to be held in June 2019 in Osaka, Japan.

Abstract: UN Special Rapporteur Calls for End to Attacks on Civil Society

May 14, 2019

In her report to the Fortieth session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) on the role of measures to address terrorism and violent extremism on closing space (Advance Unedited Version, A/HRC/40/52, February 18, 2019), Special Rapporteur Fionnuala Ní Aoláin urgently calls for action to be taken against the increasingly aggressive efforts to close civil society space, ostensibly in the name of counterterrorism. In doing so, she makes connections between several seemingly unrelated topics, including the role of international bodies like the Financial Access Task Force (FATF), increased dangers to journalists, the lack of cohesive definitions of terrorism and violent extremism, the useful vagueness of “material support” and de-risking of charities (particularly Muslim charities).

Abstract: Violence Reduction Subsector Review & Evidence Evaluation

April 30, 2019

In Violence Reduction Subsector Review & Evidence Evaluation, authors Jessica Baumgardner-Zuzik and Emily Myers, through the Alliance for Peacebuilding and the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium, seek to identify where peacebuilding programs have “directly correlated to reduced levels of violence” in order to design more targeted programs that directly impact violence and its causes. This is especially relevant because as of the report’s publication, levels of global violent conflict are at a 25-year high, with 402 current violent conflicts and warfare “bleeding more and more from the battlefield into the domestic space.” Traditional peacebuilding methods are not adequate to address national, subnational, or ethnic conflicts, which are far more common than international conflicts.

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Abstract: Safeguarding Medical Care and Humanitarian Action in the UN Counterterrorism Framework

April 15, 2019

In her report Safeguarding Medical Care and Humanitarian Action in the UN Counterterrorism Framework, Alice Debarre poses the question of how UN and UN member state counterterrorism frameworks affect and interact with International Humanitarian Law (IHL). She does this through exploring what prevents IHL and counterterrorism frameworks from working together, specifically the principle of impartiality, which is significantly complicated by the lack of consensus on a definition for terrorism, terrorist act, or terrorist, and how designated terrorists should be treated under IHL. In this section she also references a status that has negatively impacted many an NGO: material support. Because medical personnel and aid groups are bound by medical ethics as well as IHL (specifically impartiality) under both UN and their host country’s counterterrorism laws, delivering aid becomes ever more difficult and risky as more and more counterterrorism laws are applied.

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