FATF Private Sector Consultative Forum 2018

April 23-24, Vienna: 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.

 

GIABA Regional Workshop

April 4-6, Abuja: GIABA, the FATF-Style Regional Body for West Africa conducted a regional workshop on the ‘Development of effective frameworks and structures to fight against ML/TF through Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs)’ targeted at relevant regulators, policymakers and representatives from the non-profit sector. The specific objectives of the workshop were to:

  • raise awareness and develop a common understanding among stakeholders concerning effective and proportional responses to the risk of TF among non-profits;
  • discuss relevant standards and best practices in terms of outreach to the NPO sector;
  • identify gaps in national regulatory and legal frameworks across the region;
  • enhance domestic cooperation, coordination and engagement between the government and the NPO sector

Given its wealth of experience in the field, Human Security Collective was invited as a resource person to facilitate a number of sessions during the workshop.

Exchange programme between youth leaders of Gouda and Tunis

28 April-4 May, Tunis
HSC organized its second exchange visit in Tunisia along with the Arab Institute of Human Rights and Stichting Jong, in which mentors from Gouda travelled to Tunis. The Dutch and Tunisian  mentors and mentees exchanged views on their contexts and work. The exchange programme had space for dialogue sessions, for art and also for football activities with the Tunisian mentees. During the week, a World-Café-style event was organized in which the mentors had a chance to present their work on youth resilience as well as to discuss different approaches to Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE), including the role of youth in PVE, to a diverse range of stakeholders including Tunisian civil society organizations, policymakers and diplomats.

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

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.

Countering the Financing of Terrorism in East Africa: Sharing of Good Practices

16-17 April, Cairo: Human Security Collective took part in a GCTF East Africa Region Working Group conference on ‘Countering the Financing of Terrorism in East Africa: Sharing of Good Practices’, which saw multi-stakeholder dialogue and debate on CFT issues faced by/in the region as well as the presentation of global best practices from civil society, policymakers, law enforcers, prosecutors, financial institutions, regulators, financial intelligence units, etc.  The HSC presentation on CFT and Civil Society is here.

Workshop on Inter-/Intra-Religious Dialogue at the G-5 Sahel level

Bamako, 3-5 April: As part of the implementation of its project to combat radicalization and violent extremism, the West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) organized a workshop on inter-/intra-religious dialogue with the technical and financial support of Human Security Collective (HSC). This workshop, which was part of the ARC-Mali program, aimed to share inter- and intra-religious experiences and practices in the prevention of violent extremism. For a report of the event, see here. For a video, click here, and for the action plans, see here.

 

Workshop on Engagement Strategy with Tunisian mentors

22-24 March, Tunis
HSC, together with the Arab Institute for Human Rights, facilitated a workshop on Engagement Strategies. The objective of the workshop was to enhance the skills of the Tunisian youth leaders in order to be able engage diverse stakeholders in their work on enhancing resilience, social cohesion and security in their communities. During the first two days, participants learned about and practiced diverse levels of engagement and non-violent communication. They also played the Human Security Challenge, learning to interact with other stakeholders through the game. On the third day, the mentors set up a multi-stakeholder dialogue relating to the initiatives they are developing together with their mentees in the neighbourhoods, in which they engaged important players active in the neighbourhood, including parents, youth centre representatives and local authorities.

Workshop in Tunis on Human Security Initiatives

In the first week of February 2018, HSC, together with the Arab Institute for Human Rights, organized a workshop in Tunis where mentors began developing human security initiatives to be implemented in neighbourhoods. The mentors had already been working with teenagers in the communities and were able to share and apply the insights gained to the initiatives they wanted to work on. Together with their mentees, the mentors acquired knowledge on the tools of conflict analysis to analyse the drivers of conflict in their own neighbourhoods and use this to identify specific problems for which might be practical solutions. They were also invited to think more practically on project ideas and how they would involve the mentees in all aspects of their initiative.

Exchange between Tunisian and Dutch mentors

Mentors from Delft travelled to Tunisia for a week-long exchange with their Tunisian counterparts.  During the week, they discussed the human security issues in their respective neighbourhoods and shared their working methods with each other. They found similarities as well as differences regarding issues at stake in their neighbourhoods and gained new insights. As a Tunisian mentor said: ‘It was hard to imagine issues like racism and discrimination in such a developed country.’ Regarding the Tunisian context, one of the Dutch youth workers said: ‘I expected that after the revolution there would have been more concrete change and improvement in the daily life of the Tunisian citizens’. During the week of exchange, Dutch and Tunisian mentors inspired each other with their experiences. Tunisian mentors, for example, started homework classes for the youth in their neighbourhood based on the example of one of the Dutch mentors. The exchange was collectively organized by the Arab Institute for Human Rights; Participe Delft and Human Security Collective.

A short film will follow soon.

Security from a Global Youth Perspective

Almost three years ago, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a groundbreaking resolution on Youth, Peace and Security (UNSCR 2250) which recognizes that “young people play an important and positive role in the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security”. This resolution breaks with the old narrative of seeing youth only as perpetrators or victims of conflict, and recognizes their role as leaders and their work on human security in communities.

On March 1st, Human Security Collective together with the Dutch Youth Delegates to the UN hosted an interactive event which highlighted this valuable role of youth in working for sustainable peace, with youth representatives from Libya, Tunisia, Mali and The Netherlands sharing their experiences and stories. These young leaders are all involved in various projects, as partners of Human Security Collective, focusing on peace and security in their own communities. In addition, the event also heard from the Dutch Youth Delegates to the United Nations, who shared the insights they have gained from their experience in this field: over the course of this past year they have collected stories on security from thousands of young people both in the Netherlands as well as from other countries on the topic of Youth, Peace and Security. All these stories provided the content for a constructive debate. March 1st was also the day that the Netherlands took on as chair of the UN Security Council.

The aim of the evening was to engage in a debate with the youth present on what security means to/for them and how the Netherlands and the international community can further boost the positive role of youth in pursuit of human security in their communities. Read a blog here by Rahama Nantoumé  of Think Peace, Mali – a participant in the event and of the workshop which preceded it.