Timeline of Events

Roundtable: Counter-terrorism & money-laundering policy and NPOs

July 4, 2017

        An informal roundtable to review the latest developments in counter-terrorism-financing and money-laundering policy at the international and EU levels and their impact on the non-profit sector (NPOs) was…

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Webinar: FATF and Uganda

June 16, 2017

A webinar on ‘Introducing the Financial Action Task Force’ took place on Friday, 16 June 2017 for civil society partners in Uganda. The agenda was as follows: • Welcome and moderation: Yona Wanjala, Defenders Protection…

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ICFO AGM Open Conference

June 16, 2017

ICFO AGM Open Conference

The importance for charities and charity monitoring agencies to engage with policy makers around preventing terrorism financing and money laundering was debated at the annual conference of the International Association…

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Regional Workshop on Preventing Terrorist Abuse of Non-Profit Organisations, Lome

June 14, 2017

Regional Workshop on Preventing Terrorist Abuse of Non-Profit Organisations, Lome

GIABA, the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (an FATF-Style Regional Body) organised a three-day regional workshop on Preventing Terrorist Abuse of Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) in Lome, Togo, between…

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Nonprofits in Search of Financial Access: Real Problems, Potential Solutions

May 11, 2017

Nonprofits in Search of Financial Access: Real Problems, Potential Solutions

A webinar took place on 11 May 2017 on the issue of nonprofits around the world having difficulty accessing banking services. Financial regulations in countries, rooted in a comprehensive counter-terror finance regime…

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Workshops in Brazil and Mexico on the impact of FATF on civil society and civic space

May 10, 2017

Workshops in Brazil and Mexico on the impact of FATF on civil society and civic space

Workshops were conducted by HSC (with ECNL) on the impact of FATF Recommendations, especially Recommendation 8, on civil society and civic space. These workshops took place under the aegis of…

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Private Sector Consultative Forum

March 22, 2017

Private Sector Consultative Forum

20-22 March, Vienna: The Global Coalition of NPOs on FATF was represented at the FATF’s annual Private Sector Consultative Forum (PSCF), held this year at the UNODC offices in Vienna.  As the FATF…

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Consultation with NPOs on EC Supranational Risk Assessment on ML/TF

March 14, 2017

The European Commission held a consultation with nonprofit organisations (among other private sector entities) on its Supranational Risk Assessment of the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risks affecting the EU. The…

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Four Seats on FATF Private Sector Consultative Forum

February 28, 2017

In February 2017, the Global NPO Coalition on FATF was offered four seats on the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) Private Sector Consultative Forum (PSCF). This development signals a key…

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Webinar – The ABCs of FATF: What Nonprofits Need to Know 2017 and Beyond

December 15, 2016

Webinar – The ABCs of FATF: What Nonprofits Need to Know 2017 and Beyond

The Global Coalition of NPOs on FATF organized a webinar on December 15, 2016 at 3pm CET/9am EST to discuss: 1. The ABCs of FATF: its purpose, why NPOs need…

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Workshop on FATF and its Effect on Civil Society Organisations, Dublin, Ireland

September 26, 2016

Workshop on FATF and its Effect on Civil Society Organisations, Dublin, Ireland

Given that Ireland is scheduled for an FATF Mutual Evaluation Review this year, the aim of this workshop was to get a good understanding of how the FATF system works, what the…

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FATF Mutual Evaluation Workshop, London, UK

September 21, 2016

FATF Mutual Evaluation Workshop, London, UK

Held in London on September 21, 2016, this day-long workshop facilitated a discussion on the experiences of NPOs in the FATF evaluation process, in order to identify good practice and challenges, and set out recommendations…

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Webinar: ‘Nonprofits No Longer “Particularly Vulnerable”: What’s Next?’

September 12, 2016

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has revised its Recommendation 8 on nonprofits to no longer characterise them as being ‘particularly vulnerable’ to terrorist abuse, and made important changes to…

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Information Note on EU Supranational Risk Assessment of ML/TF Risk

September 5, 2016

The European Commission (EC) is conducting a supranational risk assessment (SNRA) in order to analyse risks of terrorist financing and money laundering affecting the internal market and propose mitigating actions, including Recommendations…

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FATF revises Recommendation 8

June 27, 2016

FATF has revised Recommendation 8 and its Interpretive Note at the recently concluded plenary meeting. The revisions to the standard on NPOs have been incorporated into the FATF’s main recommendation…

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Workshop on the Impact of Counter-terrorism Financing Laws and Regulations on Civil Society Organisations

May 4, 2016

The core group of the Global NPO Coalition on FATF together with Swedish Forum Idéburna organisationer med social inriktning held a workshop on the impact of counter-terrorism financing laws and regulations…

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Public Consultation on the Revision of Recommendation 8

April 22, 2016

FATF launches a Public Consultation on the Revision of Recommendation 8, asking for input on a ‘limited and focused revision’ of the standard. Recommendation 8 spells out FATF’s standard for…

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Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Consultation and Dialogue Meeting with Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs)

April 18, 2016

Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Consultation and Dialogue Meeting with Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs)

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Consultation and Dialogue Meeting with Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) was held on April 18, 2016 at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC),…

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Webinar on the ‘Unintended Consequences of Counter-Terrorism Financing’

April 13, 2016

In advance of the FATF/NPO consultation on April 18, 2016 in Vienna, the core group of the Global NPO Coalition on FATF held a webinar on the following: ‘Unintended Consequences of Counter-Terrorism…

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Workshop on counter-terror financing regulations and their impact on NPOs

April 12, 2016

Copenhagen, April 12, 2016 The core group of the Global NPO Coalition on FATF together with DanChurchAid and Global Focus are holding a workshop on  the impact of counter-terrorism financing…

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Informal lunch meeting with David Lewis, Exective Secretary, FATF

April 1, 2016

A small delegation of the Global NPO coalition on FATF  comprising Lia van Broekhoven (HSC) and Hanna Surmatz (EFC) met with David Lewis, new FATF Executive Secretary on April 1, 2016….

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European Commission Private Sector Consultation

February 29, 2016

The European NPO Coalition on FATF was invited by the European Commission (EC) to provide input to an assessment of the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing affecting the internal…

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NPO Engagement with FATF: strategy meeting luncheon

February 17, 2016

  A targeted strategy meeting of European Civil Society networks was held on 17 February 2016 at Philanthropy House, Brussels to discuss current state of affairs, advocacy priorities and future possibilities for…

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Letter from FATF President

February 3, 2016

The FATF President acknowledges the letter sent by the Global NPO Coalition on FATF on the proposed revision of the Interpretive Note to Recommendation 8 and related matters. In his…

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Press Advisory Released

January 18, 2016

The Global NPO Coalition on FATF has released a Press Advisory on a letter signed by 123 non-profit organisations from 46 countries worldwide asking the FATF to address key problems with…

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123 Groups from 46 Countries Sign Letter to FATF Asking for Revision of Recommendation 8

January 15, 2016

123 organisations from 46 countries, representing a diverse range of nonprofits, including service organisations, peacebuilders, more than 50 donors and donor networks and over 20 human rights and transparency groups…

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17th EU-NGO Forum on Human Rights, Brussels

December 4, 2015

17th EU-NGO Forum on Human Rights, Brussels

Dec 3-4, Brussels: 17th EU-NGO Forum on Human Rights Two of the lead partners in the global coalition of NPOs on the FATF, Lia van Broekhoven (Human Security Collective) and Hanna Surmatz (European…

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Input from Global NPO Coalition on the FATF on Revision of IN for R8

November 27, 2015

See here for the comments of the Global NPO Coalition on the FATF on the open, public comment process, seeking input from NPOs on revision of the Interpretive Note (IN)…

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Guidelines for Engagement between NPOs and the FATF

October 16, 2015

The global NPO coalition submitted a concept outline to the FATF Secretariat  on how it forsees the proposed engagement between NPOs and the FATF to proceed. See here for the detailed note.

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Proposal for Revision of Text of FATF Recommendation 8 and its Interpretive Note

October 8, 2015

Following on from the NPO coalition meeting with the FATF Secretariat  in Paris on September 7, a proposal has been submitted  for a text revision of the FATF’s Recommendation 8 (R8) and its Interpretive…

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NPO meeting with the FATF Secretariat, Paris

September 7, 2015

This meeting, between a cross-section of NPOs and the FATF Secretariat, was convened to discuss: next steps on the FATF’s Best Practices Paper implementation plans, especially the impact on NPOs, capacity…

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Regional Workshop (SE Europe) on Supporting the Prevention of Abuse of NPOs for the Financing of Terrorism

July 16, 2015

14-16 July 2015, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Organised with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Global Center on Cooperative Security, in consultation with the United…

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NPO Engagement with FATF: Strategy Meeting

June 29, 2015

A strategy meeting was held in Brussels to discuss the current state of affairs, the advocacy priorities and the future possibilities for engagement vis-à-vis the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and those…

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Annual formalised consultation with NPOs agreed at FATF plenary

June 26, 2015

The recently concluded FATF plenary in Brisbane (24-26 June 2015) has agreed to holding an annual discussion with NPOs and to continuing constructive engagement with the sector on an ad…

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Global Forum 2015: Shaping Civic Space, Stockholm

May 11, 2015

Panel discussion: In the Shadow of Counter-Terrorism: Debunking Government Restrictions on Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Governments around the world often impose restrictions on CSOs,  justified in terms of preventing terrorism and terrorist…

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Call to FATF for formal consultative process with non profit sector

May 4, 2015

The transnational non profit organisation working group on FATF calls for a structured consultative process between non profits and the FATF in order to formalise the rules of engagement.

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Joint NPO Comments on the FATF Best Practices Paper

April 24, 2015

JOINT NPO COMMENTS TO THE FATF SECRETARIAT signed by 70 organisations from 28 countries on the FATF Draft Best Practices Paper on Combating the Abuse of Non-Profit Organisations (RECOMMENDATION 8)

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Official NPO-FATF Consulation

March 25, 2015

A one-day consulatation between representatives of the non profit sector and the FATF on the Best Practices Paper, in Brussels.

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Forum on Evolving Norms to Counter Terrorist Abuse of the Non Profit Sector

March 2, 2015

Dialogue between representatives from the FATF and a wide coalition of non profit organisations (NPOs), under the aegis of the Global Center on Cooperative Security, in London. The FATF provided updates on…

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NPO Input into Revision of Best Practices Paper

December 18, 2014

NPOs have called for not only a further revision of the Best Practices paper, but also a revision of Recommendation 8 itself. In line with this, an Initial NPO Input into FATF Revision…

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NPO Reaction to Typologies Report

August 7, 2014

Non profit organisations expressed their concern to the Secretariat about the FATF´s Typologies Report Risk of Terrorist Abuse in Non-Profit Organisations, published in June. The major conerns fell into three broad categories:…

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NPO Response to Draft Typologies Report

June 14, 2014

Response of non profit organisations to a draft of the FATF´s typologies report.

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NPO Input into Typologies Report

February 15, 2014

In February 2014, Human Security Collective (HSC) and the Charity & Security Network (CSN) sent recommendations to the FATF calling for adherence to principles of effectiveness and proportionality as they review their Typologies…

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Limited Update of Best Practices Paper

June 25, 2013

A limited update of the FATF´s Best Practices Paper based on the London consultation with non profit organisations in April.

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Civil Society Consultation in London

April 24, 2013

This was the first time that the FATF formally met with non profit organisations (NPOs), albeit on the margins of the private sector consulation process,  to discuss its standards for…

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Report Published by Transnational Institute and Statewatch

March 5, 2012

Report Published by Transnational Institute and Statewatch

Authored by Ben Hayes, the report Counter-terrorism, ‘Policy Laundering’ and the FATF: Legalising Surveillance, Regulating Civil Society (commissioned by Lia van Broekhoven and Fulco van Deventer of Human Security Collective, then at Cordaid)…

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