Dec 8-9, Bamako, Mali: HSC together with the Alliance for Rebuilding Governance in Africa (ARGA) organized a two-day workshop in Bamako on ‘Youth Engagement in Promoting Governance and Countering Violent Extremism’. For details of the programme, see here.

Dec 11-14, Bamako, Mali: Training workshops on youth leadership related to P/CVE with HSC’s implementing partners PJC and REJEFPO. See here and here for details.

A charter of values on youth engagement for the promotion of governance and the prevention of violent extremism was also signed.

  

Soliciting Innovative Ideas on Building Social Cohesion

November 25th, Loosduinen, The Hague: People in the community came together to share innovative ideas on improving social cohesion and building community resilience in Loosduinen. The top 8 initiatives will win 1000 euros to implement the ideas presented. Watch the video of the meeting here. And to apply for funding to implement your idea for the neighbourhood, go here. The deadline for applications is Friday, 15 December 2017.

And for more on the project, see here.

Workshops and meetings in Mali

A second series of workshops/meetings took place in the middle of November in six communes in Bamako district, in collaboration with ARGA as well as the mayor of the communes.  These were on:

  • Governance leading to the Prevention and Countering of Violent Extremism
  • Multistakeholder Engagement in Governance leading to Peace Building
  • Lobby and Advocacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A proposal for building a national strategic P/CVE action plan was also discussed.

A workshop on inter/intra religious dialogue with youth networks at the G5 Sahel country/level also took place between November 17 and  November 20, with the participation of the ministers of reconciliation and youth. Working groups of G5 youth networks defined action plans for themselves for the forthcoming years (2018-2020). For a news report on this, see here (in French) and here (in English).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more on the project, go here.

The Impact of De-risking on Humanitarian Organizations – Shared Risk: Shared Responsibility

November 28th, London: The World Humanitarian Action Forum (WHAF) held a roundtable discussion on ‘The Impact of De-risking on Humanitarian Organizations – Shared Risk: Shared Responsibility’. The WHAF is a one-day event organised by several humanitarian organisations and aims to encourage dialogue and action through collaboration and partnership working. This roundtable – one of three – was led by the Humanitarian Policy Group at The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and The London School of Economics, and supported by HSC along with Islamic Relief Worldwide, Al Rayan Bank, Human Appeal, Al Khair Foundation, Charity & Security Network, The Norwegian Refugee Council and Muslim Charities Forum.

The roundtable consisted of three 90-minute sessions, and explored:
Session 1: The Problem
The implications of de-risking on humanitarian response with illustrative examples from the countries addressed in the research.
Session 2: The Practice
How humanitarian organisations are adapting to de-risking and the alternative routes of transferring funds they resort to. Available recourse (if any) within the legal system for de-risked clients.
Session 3: The Policy
Policy changes needed to ensure financial access for humanitarian organisations without exacerbating vulnerability to a common terrorist threat

For a recording of the sessions, see here.

Journey to Extremism in Africa: UNDP Report

October 25th, Amsterdam: The UNDP Report Journey to Extremism in Africa was released in Amsterdam today.

Between 2011 and early 2016, 33.300 people in Africa lost their lives to violent extremism. Millions have seen their livelihoods affected through loss of a breadwinner. In order to build an evidence base for effective development measures against violent extremism, UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa interviewed an unprecedented number of former recruits about their motivations in joining groups such as Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and IS. 718 individuals from Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Cameroon and Niger were interviewed, allowing UNDP to construct a roadmap of the journey to extremism.

UNDP presented its conclusions at the event – organized in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law. UNDP’s Regional Programme Manager Mohamed Yaya discussed policy pathways with Security Policy Director Hester Somsen and Somali prevention expert Ilwad Elman. The discussion was facilitated by HSC’s Fulco van Deventer.

Civil Society Working Group on FATF – Indonesia

Bogor, Indonesia: A civil society working group on FATF has been set up in Indonesia after two days of workshops on FATF and the FATF evaluation process in Bogor. Twelve organizations have formed a core group and plan to reach out via their members/networks to civil society in at-risk areas. The structure is loose and based on common goals of:
1) engaging with the Indonesian Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) ahead of the FATF onsite visit
2) developing the group as a hub/resource for civil society and issues of countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) and preventing violent extremism (PVE) that intersect with civil society freedoms.

More information to follow.

Workshops in Bamako, Mali: ARC project

A series of workshops with and for local partners took place on Sept 28, 29 and Oct 4, 5 in Bamako, Mali as part of the project ‘A Human Security Approach to Address the Root Causes of Conflict and Violence in Mali’.  The sessions focussed on:

  • P/CVE
  • Human Security
  • Youth Leadership
  • Engagement Strategies
  • Governance

For details, see here. For more on the project, go here.

Financial Inclusion for Freedom and Security

 

The Hague, October 2nd: To prevent conflict and sustain peace and democracy, civil society must be able to freely and independently organize itself and perform its duties. However, civil society space is being increasingly constrained not only directly, via crackdowns on civil society protests and organizing or the harassment, jailing or killing of activists, but also in the form of legislation and regulation for civil society organizations, via national and international security policies. An important challenge in this regard comes from countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) regulations, which inform international and national policies regulating civil society, and are a driving force in banks’ de-risking behaviour towards the sector.

This interactive event showcased new research on the topic of shrinking space for civil society, and more specifically on the negative impact of counter-terrorism financing regulations on civil society space. It highlighted how these measures have a disproportionate effect on vulnerable segments within civil society, such as women’s rights organizations.

 

 

 

More specifically, core objectives included:

– Increasing awareness of the importance of a holistic notion of what ‘shrinking space’ implies for different civil society actors;
– Sharing the latest international studies and providing groundbreaking case studies and new data on how CFT regulations interact with civil society’s freedom to organize and operate; its gendered impact, and how this in turn impacts on peace and human rights worldwide;
–  Providing insights into effective alliance building in the context of influencing multilateral processes around CFT (e.g., World Bank, FATF, CTITF and CTED); highlighting ongoing and new initiatives;
–  Providing action-oriented recommendations aimed at sustaining critical civil society space and financial inclusion.

Speakers included:
  • Jayne Huckerby, Clinical Professor of Law, Director International Human Rights Clinic, Duke University School of Law
  • Isabelle Geuskens, Executive Director, Women Peacemakers Program
  • Ben Hayes, Fellow, Transnational Institute
  • Kay Guinane, Director, Charity & Security Network
  • Sangeeta Goswami, Advocacy and Communications Officer, Human Security Collective
Resources:
  1. Tightening the Purse Strings: What Countering Terrorism Financing Costs Gender Equality and Security, by Women Peacemakers Program & Duke Law International Human Rights Clinic
  2. Financial Access for US Nonprofits by the Charity & Security Network
  3. On Shrinking Space: A Framing Paper by the Transnational Institute
  4. De-risking and non-profits: how do you solve a problem that no-one wants to take responsibility for? by Ben Hayes, Lia van Broekhoven and Vanja Skoric
This event was organized by Women Peacemakers Program (WPP), Duke International Human Rights Clinic (Duke IHRC), Human Security Collective (HSC), Charity & Security Network (C&SN) and Transnational Institute (TNI) in cooperation with the Knowledge Platform Security and Rule of Law.

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

GIABA, the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (an FATF-Style Regional Body) organized a three-day regional workshop on Preventing Terrorist Abuse of Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) in Lome, Togo, between June 12 and 14, 2017. Fulco van Deventer of HSC represented the Global NPO Coalition on FATF at the meeting, and spoke about the ‘Consultation & Involvement of NPOs in the Mutual Evaluation Process (Pre-Onsite, During Onsite and Post-Onsite)’.

Here is the final communique in the three ECOWAS working languages: English, French and Portugese. GIABA has committed to following up on its obligations and advocating for the political will on the implementation of the recommendations that came out of the workshop within its member States.

Mid-term Evalaution of Delft-Tunisia project

Delft and The Hague:  The midterm evaluation of the ‘Building Youth Resilience in Tunisia and The Netherlands’ programme took place between the 29 and 31 of May, with Free Sight Association (Tunis) and Participe (Delft), in association with Perspectivity and involving the donor, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands. See here for more details.