Conduct relevant outreach with a multitude of stakeholders, including NPOs, government, financial institutions, regulators and regional/international bodies.
Continuous engagement on the issues at stake is key. This applies to both NPOs as well as to governments and FATF-Style Regional Bodies.
Governments are assessed on their outreach to the NPO sector and poor outreach often means a poor mark on the Mutual Evaluation. Make sure the ‘no outreach to NPOs’ = ‘poor rating on Recommendation 8’ message is driven home to the government.
For NPOs, in terms of capacity, it is ideal is there is an umbrella body or a coalition working on the issue, raising awareness in the sector and spearheading the advocacy work. NPOs should seek to engage with relevant government departments, the Financial Intelligence Unit, banks, and regulators. Engagement helps better the understanding of varying mandates, and helps in the working towards a solution.