The Platform

The Civil Society Platform on the FATF has been set up to ensure that civil society is effectively engaged in the debate on anti-money laundering and combatting terrorism financing. Our vision is to have a free and fully-enabled civil society operating space.

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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, called on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to improve its cooperation with civil society and consider the sector's valuable contribution to the fight against terrorism. He commended FATF on its decision to revise its controversial Recommendation 8 (R8), which requires FATF member states to ensure that nonprofits are not used to fund terrorism. In recent years, oppressive governments have used R8 to crack down on dissent. He said that 'the approach to countering terrorist activity needs to shift from regarding NPOs as part of the problem, to embracing them as integral to the solution'. See here for the full statement, issued 18 April 2016. 

Detailed calendar of countries coming up for FATF assessment 

Countries due for assessment in the next few months: Panama/Dominican Republic/Barbados/Bermuda – 2Q/3Q 2016 Sweden – May/June 2016
Mauritius – June 2016
Zambia – July 2016

123 nonprofit organisations from 46 countries have signed a letter calling on the FATF to open a process to revise Recommendation 8 in line with the FATF-endorsed risk-based approach. The signatories come from a diverse range of nonprofits including over 30 service delivery organisations and networks, over 50 donor organisations and networks, over 20 human rights and transparency organisations and networks, and organisations based both in the ‘global north’ as well as in the ‘global south’. A press advisory has also been released.


Tedx talk by Ben Hayes on how international rules on combatting the financing of terrorism are being used as a pretext for restrictive regulatory regimes that adversely affect the legitimate activities of non profit and civil society organisations across the world.

Civicus interviews representatives of the global coalition engaging with the FATF on the impact of anti-terror and anti-money-laundering legislation on civil society space and on what civil society organisations can do to combat this. Read the full interview here.