P/CVE Masterclass: Nigeria

Maiduguri, September 4-7: Human Security Collective facilitated a P/CVE Masterclass, organized by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA), in collaboration with the Government of the Netherlands, to build capacity of the NOA’s Chief Orientation and Mobilization Officers (COMOs) in the Northeastern states of  Borno, Yobe and Adamawa in engaging communities to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism (P/CVE), in line with  component 3 of Nigeria’s Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism. At the end of the Masterclass, the participants developed Action Plans based on lessons learned aimed at implementing community engagement and resilience building initiatives in communities affected by terrorism. Read more here.

Mali: Workshop on Human Rights and Advocacy

5th September, Bamako: HSC at a workshop helping strengthen the capacity of the ARC Mali programme’s implementing partners and beneficiaries on Human Rights. The objective of the workshop is to enable them, in their day-to-day practices, to promote the culture of and respect for human rights.

Empowering CBOs to Enhance Community Resilience

Amman, 30 Aug-1 Sep: Human Security Collective spoke about PVE, community engagement and human security in the Netherlands at a three-day conference in Amman organised by Hayat-Rased. Designed to better enable community-based organizations (CBOs) to build community resilience and cohesion, and to address the capacity gaps related to this in their programming,  this training gathered 15 CBOs from different provinces across Jordan. This programme also aims to then fund (in a second phase) related projects run by these organizations.

Presentations on Risk Assessment and Derisking of NPOs during GAFILAT Plenary

Panama City, July 23: Human Security Collective made a presentation on the financial access problems facing NPOs to the Working Group on Terrorist Financing (GTFT) at the XXXVIIth GAFILAT plenary held between 23 and 27 July in Panama City. Colleagues from the Global NPO Coalition on FATF also made presentations on Risk Assessments and NPOs at the same event.

High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States

New York, June 28-29 2018: Human Security Collective (HSC) participated in the High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States at the UN during the review week of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. HSC organized a side-event with UNESCO and UNOY (sponsored by the Dutch and Canadian Missions to the UN) on ‘A Human Security and Youth Leadership Approach to Preventing Violent Extremism: Examples from Jordan, Libya, Mali, Morocco, The Netherlands and Tunisia’, where young leaders active in the areas of peacebuilding, youth empowerment and mentoring spoke about their work. This ranges from on-the-ground mentoring of young people through after-school educational, artistic and sport programmes, to fostering dialogue and mediation through debate and advocacy. Some are active in research and engagement with local and national decision-makers on the topic of PVE while others play an active role in peacebuilding initiatives in their community. From these different experiences and backgrounds, they shone a valuable light on concerns of young people in their communities as well as on the positive role of young people as active agents for change in the society. For a video of the side-event, click here.


HSC also made a statement on the floor of the UN General Assembly. Watch the video of the statement made by HSC here. The text of the statement is here.

Side Event, UN Counter-terrorism Week

New York, Friday, June 29

HSC, UNESCO and UNOY held a joint side event, “A Human Security and Youth Leadership Approach to Preventing Violent Extremism: Examples from Jordan, Libya, Mali, Morocco, The Netherlands and Tunisia”, on the margins of the first High Level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States, on Friday 29 June. It was co-hosted by the Permanent Missions of Canada and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The event brought together young practitioners from Jordan, Libya, Mali, Morocco, The Netherlands and Tunisia to discuss the issues they encounter in their work contributing to the Prevention of Violent Extremism on the ground. In a panel moderated by the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) they discussed concrete examples of the work they are doing in their communities, good practices, as well as lessons learned. Furthermore, they shared recommendations for policymakers on issues important to them as young practitioners. Graeme Simpson, the lead author of the Progress Study on UNSC 2250, provided the closing remarks.

Read the concept note here. For a recording of the event, click here.

LAUNCH OF RESEARCH REPORT: Understanding the Drivers of ‘De-risking’ and the Impact on Civil Society

London, June 6, 2018

AT THE INTERSECTION OF SECURITY AND REGULATION: UNDERSTANDING THE DRIVERS OF ‘DE-RISKING’ AND THE IMPACT ON CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS

Non-profit organizations (NPOs) around the world are impacted by issues of financial access – inordinate delays in cash transfers, onerous due-diligence requirements, inability to open bank accounts and arbitrary closure of bank accounts – collectively classed as ‘de-risking’ activities by financial institutions. This study examines the drivers of this de-risking, situating it at the intersection of frameworks for security and regulation. It looks at how global regulations on money laundering and terrorism financing, for instance, permeate policymaking, influencing institutions (perversely, at times) and negatively impacting humanitarian and development work. By delving into the practices and perspectives of relevant stakeholders –  NPOs, financial institutions, governments, regulators and international organizations – the study unpicks the mechanisms of governance and accountability involved in and through the chain of decision-making, underscoring the policy incoherence that is manifest along the way. The three country contexts chosen for the research – Brazil, Mexico and Ireland – help amplify the complexity of the issue and the potential search for solutions. Ongoing remedial measures addressing the financial exclusion of NPOs are highlighted and potential remedies that could challenge the current practice of de-risking are explored in detail.

The report was officially launched at the Open Society Foundation’s offices in London on Wednesday, June 6.

FATF Private Sector Consultative Forum 2018

Vienna, April 23-24: The Global NPO Coalition on FATF, of which Human Security Collective is a founder-member and current co-chair, was well represented at the FATF’s Private Sector Consultative Forum this year, contributing to debates during a half-day session dedicated to NPOs, FIs and DNFBPs on the evaluation as well as the risk assessment process, including on outreach to NPOs. The Global NPO Coalition was also invited to speak on the progress and remaining challenges related to de-risking during the second plenary day of the conference. For the presentation on de-risking, see here. For the FATF report on the forum, go here.