Global NPO Coalition on FATF (Financial Action Task Force)

The Global NPO Coalition on 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 operating space for civil society.

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How to engage as an NPO in mitigating the effects of the CFT standards?

We have broken down the engagement process into various steps. Click on the right for a short introduction to each step, or click below for more extensive information on how you can get involved.

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Conducting relevant outreach

Conducting relevant outreach with a multitude of stakeholders, including NPOs, government, financial institutions, regulators and regional/international bodies.

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Mutual monitoring

Mutual monitoring by both NPOs and government.

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Engaging in risk assessment

Sustained engagement of the NPO sector by government as well as involvement of the sector in the Risk Assessment process itself.

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Engaging in Mutual Evaluation process

Starting with the Risk Assessment of the sector, continuing with participation in the Mutual Evaluation on-site visit and, finally, engaging in the Mutual Evaluation follow-up process.

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Gather evidence and information

Gathering evidence and information on the unintended consequences of the countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) agenda on the operational environment of civil society.

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Raising awareness

Raising awareness among multiple stakeholders on drivers of regulations, unintended consequences for NPOs, and engagement and advocacy strategies.

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Stories

Experiencias, desafíos y oportunidades en América Latina en tiempos de COVID-19

In this article (in Spanish), Gabriela Pellón presents initiatives conducted at the regional and local levels in Latin America that can be replicated and inspire stakeholders to build synergy in the challenging task of complying with FATF's Recommendation 8. 

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FATF and Civic Space: Lessons from Nigeria

In this article, Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri, Executive Director of Spaces for Change, walks us through the developments around shrinking space for civil society in Nigeria and how her NPO successfully organized civil society in engaging in the FATF process. 

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Hold Your Peace

Hold Your Peace is a documentary film by the Women Peacemakers Program showing how nonprofit organizations (NPOs), especially small grassroots and women’s organizations, have had their operating space severely curtailed by counter-terror regulations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the achievements of the Global NPO Coalition on FATF?

Some of the Coalition achievements so far include:

  • Revision of Recommendation 8 and its Interpretive Note:  the June 2016 revision retracts the claim that the NPO sector is ‘particularly vulnerable’ to terrorist abuse.
  • In-depth revision of the Best Practices Paper (June 2015), a policy guidance document that countries use to help them implement the Standards.
  • Formalization of a risk-based approach, which means a more proportionate and context-specific implementation of the FATF Standards.
  • Establishment of regular engagement between the FATF Secretariat and NPOs, which allows for more effective NPO participation.
  • Four additional NPO seats at the annual Private Sector Consultative Forum (since 2017) (the transparency NPOs have two seats).  
  • Awareness-raising and coalition-building at the global, regional and national levels.

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What is the difference between the FATF and the Global Coalition on the FATF?

The Global NPO Coalition on FATF is a loose network of diverse nonprofit organizations (NPOs). The Coalition advocates for improvement in the quality and effectiveness of FATF Mutual Evaluations with sustained outreach to the NPO sector, and the effective, risk-based implementation of FATF Recommendations affecting NPOs, particularly Recommendation 8 (R8). The aim is to mitigate the unintended consequences of countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) policies on civil society in order that legitimate charitable activity is not disrupted. The advocacy agenda is driven by policy changes at the FATF/global/national level that require swift action and engagement by NPOs as well as by a bottom-up process emerging from impact felt by NPOs on the ground. 

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an intergovernmental organization founded in 1989 at the initiative of the G7 to develop policies to combat money laundering. In 2001, its mandate was expanded to include terrorism financing.

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How does the FATF fit into the global counterterrorism architecture?

Much of the counterterrorism architecture was solidified after 9/11, when multilateral bodies such as the UN and the FATF were mobilized under intense pressure from the US. The global counterterrorism architecture has the UN at its centre, with its four-pillared strategy, its means of implementation of that strategy (through conventions, protocols and sanctions), and the implementing bodies themselves (the Global Compact entities). See more here

Countering the financing of terrorism (along with tackling money laundering and dealing with proliferation finance) is mainly the domain of the FATF and the FATF-Style Regional Bodies. 

The UN uses sanctions to counter the financing of terrorism and the FATF puts in place rules and regulations ('the Standards') to do the same.

 

 

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