Timeline of Events

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

June 14, 2017

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…

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Mid-term Evalaution of Delft-Tunisia project

May 31, 2017

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.

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Nonprofits in Search of Financial Access: Real Problems, Potential Solutions

May 11, 2017

Nonprofits in Search of Financial Access: Real Problems, Potential Solutions

A webinar took place on 11 May 2017 on the issue of nonprofits around the world having difficulty accessing banking services. Financial regulations in countries, rooted in a comprehensive counter-terror finance regime as well as the ever-shifting political landscape, set the stage for financial institutions around the globe to continually re-evaluate their risk profiles. As a result, accounts are closed or never opened, wire transfers are delayed and correspondent banking relationships severed. This, in turn, impacts vital humanitarian aid, development, peacebuilding, human rights, and other programming. Two recent reports examine the scope and impacts of this problem. Financial Access for U.S. Nonprofits,…

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Workshops in Brazil and Mexico on the Impact of FATF on Civil Society and Civic Space

May 10, 2017

Workshops in Brazil and Mexico on the Impact of FATF on Civil Society and Civic Space

Workshops were conducted by HSC (with ECNL) on the impact of FATF Recommendations, especially Recommendation 8, on civil society and civic space. These workshops took place under the aegis of Conectas in Sao Paulo, Brazil and UniDosc at ORT University Mexico City, Mexico.    

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Kickoff Workshop: Women, Peace and Security in Libya

April 21, 2017

Kickoff Workshop: Women, Peace and Security in Libya

April 18-21, Tunis: The three-year project ‘Women and Youth as Bridgebuilders – fostering resilience in Libya’ kicked off with an intensive 3-day workshop in Tunis, attended by three Libyan partners (Together we Build It Foundation, Tamazight Women Movement and Makers of Hope for Human Rights) along with the three Dutch partners (Cordaid, Human Security Collective, Women Peacemakers Program). The objectives of the workshop were as follows: getting to know the programme and each other improving the theory of change, the assumptions and the indicators getting down to the plan of action for the first year of the programme Criteria for the selection of new…

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Civil Society Considerations on UN CT Global Strategy

April 21, 2017

Human Security Collective is a signatory to a letter sent to the UN Secretary General raising concerns about the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy from a civil society point of view. The letter highlights the following about the UN Strategy: insufficient attention to the important role that civil society plays in both PVE and counter-terrorism and the need for the United Nations to continue to champion a “whole-of-society” approach to address these challenges failure to emphasize sufficiently the centrality of protecting human rights when addressing the threats of violent extremism and terrorism need for the strategy to be informed by…

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Third workshop with mentors in Tunis

March 31, 2017

Third workshop with mentors in Tunis

Week of March 27, Tunis: Ongoing work with mentors on the Building Youth Resilience in Tunisia project.  

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FATF Public Sector Consultative Forum

March 22, 2017

FATF Public Sector Consultative Forum

The Global NPO Coalition on FATF was represented at the FATF’s annual Private Sector Consultative Forum (PSCF), held this year at the UNODC offices in Vienna between the 20 and 22 of March 2017.  As the FATF notes: ‘The Forum is an opportunity for the FATF and its members to engage directly with the private sector on anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing (AML/CFT) issues. It provides a regular platform for the FATF to learn more about the private sector’s views and concerns of AML/CFT-related issues’. Human Security Collective holds one of the four recently-allocated seats to NPOs on the PCSF as co-chair of…

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National Action Planning on PVE, Tunisia

March 9, 2017

National Action Planning on PVE, Tunisia

07-09 March, Tunis: This meeting follows on from the November 2015 workshop, which brought together representatives of various ministries and security agencies of the Tunisian government as well as a few representatives from civil society to find openings for dialogue and engagement between both government and civil society representatives in order to implement the national strategy against extremism and terrorism. Facilitated by the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and co-organised by the government of Tunisia, the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) and the Human Security Collective (HSC), the aim is to further develop the multi-stakeholder implementation…

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ACAMS Anti-Financial Crime Symposium

March 7, 2017

Amsterdam: HSC attended this day–long event to learn more about ‘current and emerging cybercrime trends, …sectoral sanction restrictions, emerging CDD technologies, and practical strategies to update AML models to meet European beneficial ownership standards’.

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Global NPO Coalition on FATF: European OSF Grantees Meeting

February 20, 2017

The core group of the European coalition (funded by the OSF) – ECNL, EFC and HSC – met in Brussels to discuss upcoming strategy in its engagement with FATF going forward.

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Masterclass on Understanding CVE for ONSA, Nigeria

February 16, 2017

HSC was involved in training senior officials from the Office of the National Security Advisor, the coordinating body in Nigeria for the fight against Boko Haram, on CVE policy and practice to help strengthen ongoing initiatives.  The four-day training course, held in Abuja between 13 and 16 February, touched upon Understanding CVE Difference between CT and CVE Addressing root causes Engagement strategies Strategic communication The Dutch experience of CVE Multi-stakeholder approaches Human security, community security Youth Framing a national CVE action plan

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Stakeholder Dialogue on De-risking: Supporting Financial Access for Humanitarian Organizations and Charities

January 11, 2017

January 11, 2017, Washington DC: HSC presented at a roundtable, part of an ongoing dialogue convened by the World Bank, to discuss the issue of banks excluding certain clients or refusing to transfer funds to certain locations, either for business reasons or due to concerns about risk. This is greatly affecting, amongst others, charities and humanitarian organizations. The objectives of this multi-stakeholder meeting,  which included banks, nonprofit organizations, financial supervisors and policymakers, law enforcement and international organizations, were: The promoting of access of humanitarian organizations to financial services, through: 1. Fostering the relationship between non-profit organizations (NPOs) and banks, 2. Improving the regulatory and policy climate for banks and NPOs, and 3. Building coalitions…

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Webinar – The ABCs of FATF: What Nonprofits Need to Know 2017 and Beyond

December 15, 2016

Webinar – The ABCs of FATF: What Nonprofits Need to Know 2017 and Beyond

The Global Coalition of NPOs on FATF organized a webinar on December 15, 2016 to discuss: 1. The ABCs of FATF: its purpose, why NPOs need to know about it – Lia van Broekhoven, Human Security Collective 2. FATF’s Recommendation 8 (R8): the new standard – Lara Kalwinski, Council on Foundations, Haroun Atallah, Transparency International 3. Country-level implementation of the new R8 – Ben Evans, Greenacres Associations, Vanja Skoric, European Centre for Not for Profit Law, Suzanne Keatinge, Dochas 4. How NPOs can get more information, get involved – Kay Guinane, Charity & Security Network The recording of the webinar can…

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Donor Counter-terrorism Measures and Principled Humanitarian Action

November 30, 2016

November 30th, Brussels: HSC shared her expertise on where we (as nonprofits) are at on the topic of ‘Donor Counter-terrorism Measures and Principled Humanitarian Action’ in an event organized by VOICE (Voluntary Organizations in Cooperation in Emergencies), a network representing 85 European NGOs active in humanitarian aid worldwide. This was organized as an awareness-raising event for VOICE members.

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Gender Mainstreaming in Operational Responses to Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism (VERLT)

November 23, 2016

Gender Mainstreaming in Operational Responses to Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism (VERLT)

Nov 22-23, Vienna: Human Security Collective presented its work on gender mainstreaming in the context of it community-based prevention work as part of a conference on the larger issue of gender mainstreaming in operational responses to Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism (VERLT), organized by the OSCE’s Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

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Policy Lab Evaluating EU Counter-terrorism Architecture

November 9, 2016

November 9th, The Hague: The International Centre for Counter Terrorism (ICCT) and PwC the Netherlands have been commissioned by the European Parliament (EP) to carry out an evaluation of the EU counter-terrorism (CT) policy architecture, identifying gaps and overlaps and pinpointing good practices that could inform future policy development. As part of this evaluative study, the ICCT-PwC consortium organized an interactive ‘Policy Lab workshop’ in The Hague on November 9th, with approximately 15 experts. The goal of this research is to validate preliminary findings (deriving from desk research and interviews with experts) and to explore future policy options for the EU.

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Risk Avoidance – For Whom?

October 24, 2016

In a piece of ‘spin-off research’ of the work of the Global NPO Coalition on FATF, Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) looks at the impact of countering the financing of terrorism regulation (especially those implemented as a result of the FATF Recommendations) on civic space, especially on women’s organizing, rights and gender equality worldwide. Read here.

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Workable Solutions to Radicalization

October 23, 2016

Workable Solutions to Radicalization

Human Security Collective participated and contributed to the Hollings Center organized discussion in Amman, Jordan on finding workable solutions to radicalization. Sessions included: De-securitizing the Counter-radicalization Agenda; Assessing the ‘Preventive’ Paradigm; Discussions on the Political Landscape How to Build a Counter-radicalization Strategy; Peacebuilding Pathways for Governments, Civil Society and the International Community.

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Bruges Colloquium on Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and International Humanitarian Law

October 21, 2016

Bruges Colloquium on Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and International Humanitarian Law

Bruges, Oct 20-21: The ICRC Brussels delegation and the College of Europe jointly organized the 17th Bruges Colloquium on International Humanitarian Law – this year the focus was on terrorism and counter-terrorism as it relates to international humanitarian law. The Bruges Colloquium brings together experts from governments, international organizations and armed forces, along with academics from various universities – HSC was an invited expert. See here for our presentation on ‘Engaging Civil Society in the Prevention of Violent Extremism’.  

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Workshop on FATF and its Effect on Civil Society Organisations

September 26, 2016

Workshop on FATF and its Effect on Civil Society Organisations

  Given that Ireland is scheduled for an FATF Mutual Evaluation Review this year, the aim of this workshop was to get a good understanding of how the FATF system works, what the current issues at stake are for Irish actors, both State (Government, Charity Regulator, Garda Síochána, etc.) and NPOs; and to learn how NPOs can engage in the evaluation process. We shared NPO experiences with recent FATF evaluations in other countries. The event took place on September 26th at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin. See more here.

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Turning Banks Into Cops?

September 22, 2016

Turning Banks Into Cops?

In recent years, security authorities on both sides of the Atlantic have increasingly sought access to the commercial data held by banks, social media and airlines. This involves new forms of data-exchange, not just between the EU and the US, but also between the private and public sphere. What does it mean if private actors (such as banks) take on a security role? What are their responsibilities and challenges? Are we turning banks into cops? A Spui25 event with HSC’s Lia van Broekhoven along with Rocco Bellanova, Michelle Frasher, Nathanael Ali and Liat Shetret was held to discuss these and related issues. See here for…

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FATF Mutual Evaluation Workshop

September 21, 2016

FATF Mutual Evaluation Workshop

Held in London on September 12, 2016, this day-long workshop facilitated a discussion on the experiences of NPOs in the FATF evaluation process, in order to identify good practice and challenges, and set out recommendations to improve the practical implementation of the process. This was done by engaging stakeholders involved in recent evaluations (FATF evaluators, Governments and NPOs).The overall goal was to help the evaluation process evolve, and to discuss steps to improve the implementation of the FATF methodology and the training of evaluators with regards to Recommendation 8 and its Interpretative Note. For a report of the meeting, see here.

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Webinar: Nonprofits No Longer “Particularly Vulnerable”: What Next?’

September 12, 2016

Nonprofits No Longer “Particularly Vulnerable”: What’s Next?’ The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has revised its Recommendation 8 on nonprofits to no longer characterise them as being ‘particularly vulnerable’ to terrorist abuse, and made important changes to the Interpretive Note to this Recommendation. NPOs are now wondering how their countries will react to these revisions and how they can ensure that national implementation is beneficial to nonprofits and in line with FATF’s new risk-based approach. With this in mind, the Global NPO Coalition on FATF hosted a webinar on September 12 to discuss how we got here and what you…

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Kick-off of Research Project in Palestine, Egypt, Iraq

September 8, 2016

Kick-off of Research Project in Palestine, Egypt, Iraq

Human Security Collective is part of a consortium that has been granted a three-year project by NWO-WOTRO under a call for ‘Comprehensive Approaches to Human Security in Fragile and Conflict Affected Settings: Transnational Dimensions’. The project aims to demonstrate the impact of a human security approach in Palestine, Egypt and Iraq that addresses the root causes of violent extremism as a transnational threat. The consortium combines the expertise of two research partners (Clingendael Institute, the Netherlands and the Global Political Trends Center, Turkey), one learning exchange and capacity building partner (Human Security Collective, the Netherlands) and 3 practitioner partner organizations (Al-Ahram…

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Exchange Between Tunisian and Dutch Youth Leaders

August 22, 2016

Exchange Between Tunisian and Dutch Youth Leaders

Dutch and Tunisian youth who are part of the Human Security Collective (HSC) project, Building Youth Resilience in Tunisia and The Netherlands, met each other in The Netherlands. This innovative part of the project saw a fruitful weeklong exchange between the 12 youth leaders/mentors from Tunisia and their counterparts in Delft.

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Banking Regulations and NPOs

July 6, 2016

HSC took part in a one-day, two-part seminar in London, UK, looking at changing banking regulations and banking behaviour affecting NGOs addressing human rights issues. For details, see here.

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Third-Sector Research Conference

July 1, 2016

HSC’s Lia van Broekhoven was part of the plenary panel at the International Society for Third-Sector Research’s 12th International Conference at Stockholm, Sweden, held between June 28th and July 1st. The panel discussion centred around ’What the Field Needs from the Researchers: Listening to the International Civil Society Community’. For more details on the conference, see here.

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Delft/Tunisia Project Presented at UN

June 3, 2016

Delft/Tunisia Project Presented at UN

HSC presented its programme ‘Building Resilience with Tunisian and Dutch Youth in High Risk Areas’, together with partners Free Sight Association (Tunis) and Participe (Delft),  during a working breakfast at the UN Permanent Mission of The Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York, USA.  The Mayor of Rotterdam, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Aboutaleb, and the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth were among the participants. Discussions included the positive role of youth in preventing violent extremism.

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OSCE Counter-terrorism Conference, Berlin

June 1, 2016

OSCE Counter-terrorism Conference, Berlin

HSC presented its approach and the work being carried out with youth in two specific projects –  one in Palestine and one in Tunisia/The Netherlands – during a side event at the OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference on ‘Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism (VERLT)‘ at the Federal Foreign Office of the Republic of Germany in Berlin. See agenda here.

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Second Workshop with Mentors, Tunis

May 29, 2016

Second workshop with mentors in Tunis as part of the ‘Tunisian Leaders for Human Security’ project, in association with local partner Free Sight Association.

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Workshop on Female Migration to ISIS

April 30, 2016

April 26-30, Venice, Italy: HSC presented a paper on our work in communities across the globe at an international workshop on ‘Female Migration to Isis’, funded by NATO.

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FATF Consultation and Dialogue Meeting with NPOs

April 18, 2016

FATF Consultation and Dialogue Meeting with NPOs

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Consultation and Dialogue Meeting with Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) was held on April 18, 2016 at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna, Austria. This year’s meeting focused on the FATF’s work to revise its standards on NPOs (Recommendation 8 and its Interpretive Note). The consultation meeting  was attended by national governments, FATF President and Secretary General, staff from FATF Secretariat and some 30 NPOs/foundations and their networks.  The NPO/foundation representatives made clear, strong points about amending the current versions of FATF’s  policy documents in what was, overall, a constructive engagement. There was a clear call…

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Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism

April 8, 2016

HSC participated in the ‘Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism – The Way Forward‘, organized by the United Nations in partnership with the Government of Switzerland, in Geneva on April 7-8. See here for more details.

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Panel on Women, Peace and Security, CSW60

March 14, 2016

Panel on Women, Peace and Security, CSW60

March 14, New York: HSC contributed to a high-level side event on the occasion of the 60th Session of the Commission of the Status of Women (CSW) – the panel was on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, including addressing violence in conflict and post-conflict settings. See more here.

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First International Workshop for ‘Tunisian Leaders for Human Security’

March 6, 2016

First International Workshop for ‘Tunisian Leaders for Human Security’

Mar 6-7, Tunis: First international workshop of the Tunisian part of the project (‘Tunisian Leaders for Human Security’) with the twelve chosen youth mentors and in association with local partner Free Sight Association. Topics included safety and security in communities, designing initiatives for youth, and self-monitoring techniques throughout the project.  

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First International Workshop as Part of the ‘Tunisian Leaders for Human Security’ Project

March 6, 2016

First International Workshop as Part of the ‘Tunisian Leaders for Human Security’ Project

Mar 6-7, Tunis: First international workshop of the Tunisian part of the project (‘Tunisian Leaders for Human Security’) with the twelve chosen youth mentors and in association with local partner Free Sight Association. Topics included safety and security in communities, designing initiatives for youth, and self-monitoring techniques throughout the project.  

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EC Consultation on Terrorism Financing Risks Affecting the Internal Market

February 29, 2016

Human Security Collective was invited by the European Commission (EC) to provide input to an assessment of the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing affecting the internal market and relating to cross-border activities that the EC is currently conducting. This follows the entry into force of Directive (EU) 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financing system for the purposes of money laundering and terrorist financing (4th anti-money laundering Directive). This assessment is required by Article 6 of Directive (EU) 2015/849 and shall result in the publication of a report by June 2017. Based on this, the EC will…

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Refugees – Local Initiatives – Debate

February 8, 2016

Refugees – Local Initiatives – Debate

Human Security Collective along with Justice and Peace, Fonds 1818 and the Nutshuis held an event in The Hague to show the broad support there is for refugees in our region. Volunteers committed to the cause were provided with a platform to showcase their local initiatives. Additionally, the event served as a forum where people could meet, share experiences and come up with new initiatives. Those who came to The Netherlands as refugees earlier shared their experiences. Filmhuis Den Haag ran a special series of films relating to the topic. And there was music, a theatre workshop and good food. We hope some initiatives were crystallized and people motivated to…

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Building Resilience with Tunisian and Dutch Youth in High Risk Areas

January 28, 2016

‘Building Resilience with Tunisian and Dutch Youth in High Risk Areas’. In Tunisia with Free Sight Association and in Delft with Participe. Human Security Collective (HSC) has just kicked off a project (January 2016) working with Dutch and Tunisian youth on issues concerning local security, social cohesion and resilience. This is being carried out in close cooperation with local civil society organizations. The project aims at engaging youth from Delft and six areas of Tunisia (Tunis, Ben Arous, Kef, Siliana, Kasserine and Medenine) in order to work on enhancing resilience, social cohesion and security in their communities

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Human Rights Lab, San Francisco

January 22, 2016

Human Security Collective took part in a ‘human rights lab’ on closing civil society space. The lab was organized by the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) and was a highly interactive and participatory workshop in which prototypes of solutions and strategies to counter the toxic narratives that feed the tightening space for human rights activism were designed.

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Monitoring Daily Safety Within the Community, Palestine

January 15, 2016

Monitoring Daily Safety Within the Community, Palestine

7 Jan and 15 Jan 2016, Palestine: Human Security Collective along with its partners Cordaid, PCPD, Maan Development Center and CFTA conducted two workshops in Palestine on monitoring daily safety within the community, part of a 3-year young leadership programme. Participants were introduced to innovative methodologies for the collective monitoring of security to help them develop alternative approaches according to their own community context.

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MINUSMA in Mali and the Dutch Contribution

January 11, 2016

Human Security Collective took part in a discussion on the progress of the UN mission MINUSMA in Mali and the Dutch contribution. Organized by the The Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the forum was envisaged as an exchange between policy, research and practice on the current mission, on developments and challenges in Mali, and the way forward.

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Guest lectures at the Haagse Hogeschool

January 6, 2016

Human Security Collective delivered two guest lectures at the Haagse Hogeschool to students of the Human Rights and Social Work (minor).

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Towards a More Effective Capacity Building in Counter-Terrorism

December 11, 2015

Organised by the European Commission in Brussels, Human Security Collective was on a panel discussing the human security and human rights implications of countering terrorism (CT)/countering violent extremism (CVE) programming, notably in the Sahel and North Africa. See here for the detailed agenda.

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International Countering Violent Extremism Research Conference

December 8, 2015

International Countering Violent Extremism Research Conference

Dec 6-8: International Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Research Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Organised by Hedayah, the CVE Research Conference is an annual event that provides a platform for CVE researchers to share current, up-to-date research and analysis of CVE on an international scale, while also enabling network members to meet and share good practice on the drivers of radicalisation and effective solutions thereof. See more here.

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CVE and Development Assistance: Identifying Synergies and Opportunities in the Horn of Africa

December 7, 2015

CVE and Development Assistance: Identifying Synergies and Opportunities in the Horn of Africa

Dec 7: Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and Development Assistance: Identifying Synergies and Opportunities in the Horn of Africa, London, UK. Organised by the Dutch Embassy and the Global Center on Cooperative Security. Human Security Collective contributed to the discussion on the development and (human) security landscape and its interaction with CVE. For the policy brief that resulted from this meeting, see here.

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Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and Development Assistance: Identifying Synergies and Opportunities in the Horn of Africa

December 7, 2015

Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and Development Assistance: Identifying Synergies and Opportunities in the Horn of Africa

Dec 7: Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and Development Assistance: Identifying Synergies and Opportunities in the Horn of Africa, London, UK. Organised by the Dutch Embassy and the Global Center on Cooperative Security. Human Security Collective contributed to the discussion on the development and (human) security landscape and its interaction with CVE. For the policy brief that resulted from this meeting, see here.

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17th EU-NGO Human Rights Forum: Protecting and Promoting Civil Society Space

December 4, 2015

17th EU-NGO Human Rights Forum: Protecting and Promoting Civil Society Space

Dec 3-4: 17th EU-NGO Human Rights Forum: Protecting and Promoting Civil Society Space, Brussels, Belgium. Human Security Collective contributed to discussion on the implications of counter-terror policy on the operating environment for civil society. See here and here for more details. The outcomes of the meeting are in the report here.

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3rd GCERF Board Meeting

December 3, 2015

Dec 1-2: 3rd Global Community and Resilience Fund (GCERF) Board Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland.

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ASEAN Institute For Peace and Reconciliation Symposium on Repercussion of Violent Extremism Towards Moderates

November 28, 2015

ASEAN Institute For Peace and Reconciliation Symposium on Repercussion of Violent Extremism Towards Moderates

Nov 27-28: ASEAN Institute For Peace and Reconciliation Symposium on Repercussion of Violent Extremism Towards Moderates, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Human Security Collective in panel on exploring ways to enhance active engagement between government and relevant stakeholders, including moderate groups, the media and the general public,  to help promote tolerance.    

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EPLO Brown Bag Lunch Event with WANEP Mali

November 21, 2015

EPLO Brown Bag Lunch Event with WANEP Mali

WANEP Mali in Europe to share lessons learned from joint project on Civil Society for a Human Security Strategy in Mali During the week of 16th to 20th November,  two representatives of the West-African network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) in Mali , Naffet Keita (board member) and Mahamady Togola  (national coordinator), came to The Hague and Brussels to share  insights from Malian civil society on Human Security. These insights stem from the project Civil Society for a Human Security Strategy implemented by a consortium including WANEP,  GPPAC and Human Security Collective, and funded by the Austrian Development Agency. Their visit coincided…

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Launch of the Global Terrorism Index 2015

November 20, 2015

Launch of the Global Terrorism Index 2015

The Hague Institute for Global Justice hosted a panel discussion on the Global Terrorism Index 2015. The Index is the world’s leading metric for policymakers in their efforts to track and understand how to measure the impacts and underlying drivers of terrorism. Lia van Broekhoven, Executive Director of Human Security Collective was part of the panel discussion at the event. While noting that most terrorist attacks occur in states experiencing political violence and exclusion, van Broekhoven noted that measures against terrorism must address both push and pull factors, that is confront disrespect for human rights and social injustice. Furthermore, she argued that ruling out…

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National Workshop on Effective Implementation of UNSCR 1624 and 2178, Tunis

November 3, 2015

National Workshop on Effective Implementation of UNSCR 1624 and 2178, Tunis

03.11.2015 – 04.11.2015: Human Security Collective is facilitating the national workshop on the effective implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 1624 (2005) and 2178 (2014) in Tunis, Tunisia. This has been organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tunisia in partnership with the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate  (UN-CTED) and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, The Hague (ICCT).

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UN at 70

October 23, 2015

UN at 70

Human Security Collective took part in a day long event at the Humanity House and the Peace Palace in The Hague to celebrate the United Nations turning 70. Workshops, the participants of which included students, and representatives of nonprofits, multilateral organisations and other stakeholders, discussed innovative approaches to: Governing the World in terms of Law, Justice and Global Regulation The UN Peacebuilding Architecture and Peace Operations Cyber Governance Climate Change The outcome was The Hague Manifesto: the beginning of a determined effort to contribute to the implementation of the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The Peace Palace was lit up in blue in the…

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International Parliamentary Seminar on ‘Peace, Security and Sustainable Development’

October 9, 2015

International Parliamentary Seminar on ‘Peace, Security and Sustainable Development’

Human Security Collective (HSC) took part in the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA)-organised international Parliamentary Seminar on ‘Peace, Security and Sustainable Development’. The focus was on the role of African and European Parliaments in tackling the Root Causes and Consequences of Violent Extremism and Terrorism, in the framework of  the AWEPA Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Programme. The Seminar was hosted by the Belgian Senate in Brussels. HSC was invited to bring in its experiences with countering violent extremism (CVE) in West Africa, the Sahel region and Kenya. For more see here.

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Innovative Thinking on Strategic Approaches to Conflict Management, The Hague

October 7, 2015

Organized by the Knowledge Platform Security and Rule of Law, this was a one-day interactive brainstorming session on innovative approaches to conflict management, given the limits of the current international system. Held at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, the primary aim of this workshop was to explore innovative ideas on how to mitigate violent intrastate conflict. To that end, experts from diverse backgrounds: discussed innovative approaches to conflict management that are being utilized by states, international organizations, and non-state actors, identified and explored a number of new avenues to improving conflict management by the international community in concrete cases, and provided inputs for…

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Launch of the Strong Cities Network, New York

September 29, 2015

Human Security Collective took part in the official launch of the Strong Cities Network, the first global network of cities working to strengthen social cohesion and community resilience against violent extremism. Cities are vital partners in international efforts to build social cohesion and resilience to violent extremism. They are uniquely positioned to safeguard their citizens from polarisation and radicalisation to violence through partnerships with local communities. Cities are developing innovative responses to the challenge of violent extremism; the Strong Cities Network will capitalise on these experiences in order to share learnings, pool resources and build a community of cities that can inspire local…

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10th Anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1624, New York

September 14, 2015

10th Anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1624, New York

Human Security Collective took part in the 10th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1624 organized by the United Nations’ Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (UN_CTED). Resolution 1624 addresses the threat posed by incitement to commit terrorist acts. With the threat evolving and increasing, the issue remains relevant. Human Security Collective’s Fulco van Deventer (seen below in the picture on the left) spoke on a panel discussing countering incitement of terrorist acts motivated by extremism and intolerance, emphasizing the human security approach in preventing and countering violent extremism. Read the UN_CTED press release on the event here.

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NPO Meeting with FATF Secretariat, Paris

September 7, 2015

This meeting, between a cross-section of NPOs including Human Security Collective and the FATF Secretariat, was convened to discuss: next steps on the FATF’s Best Practices Paper implementation plans, especially the impact on NPOs, capacity building for evaluators, follow-up, etc. the possible revision of the Interpretive Note to Recommendation 8, and how NPOs can provide input to this process the modalities of the consultation process with the NPO sector that the FATF has committed to inclusion of NPOs in risk assessments conducted of the sector, as also in country evaluations.

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Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security, Amman

August 22, 2015

21.08.2015 – 22.08.2015: The Global Forum, hosted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, has been envisaged as a turning point towards a new international agenda on youth, peace and security. Young people, youth-led organizations, non-governmental organizations, governments and UN entities came together to agree on a common vision and roadmap to partner with young people to prevent conflict, counter violent extremism and build lasting peace. Partnering with young people is seen as the key to building sustainable and inclusive peace. Jeanne Abdulla of the Human Security Collective contributed to the discussion on preventing and countering violent extremism. See here for the concept note and here for…

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Implementing Human Security and Contributing to Security Sector Reform in Mali, Bamako

August 13, 2015

Implementing Human Security and Contributing to Security Sector Reform in Mali, Bamako

11.08.2015 – 13.08.2015: DCAF, WANEP Mali and Human Security Collective organized a training and reflection meeting on security-related concepts for civil society organizations from all regions of Mali. The coordinator of Security Sector Reform in Mali and the Dutch ambassador Maarten Brouwer officially opened the meeting, which elaborated on the concept of human security and the role of civil society, especially in the ongoing Security Sector Reform (SSR) process in Mali. The first day focused on the concept of human security and how it can be applied – exemplified by a human security analysis of the violence in Mali and trying to understand its…

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United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee meeting on ‘stemming the flow of foreign terrorist fighters’, Madrid

July 28, 2015

27.07.2015 – 28.07.2015: Human Security Collective, along with state representatives, representatives of other UN organisations and agencies, regional organisations, as well as researchers, implementing parties and civil society representatives participated in the UN Counter Terrorism Committee‘s technical meetings held to discuss the challenges and threats posed by foreign terrorist fighters as well as measures and policies to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters.

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NPO Strategy Meeting on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Brussels

June 29, 2015

Human Security Collective, along with the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law and the European Foundation Centre are holding a strategy meeting to discuss the current state of progress, demands and advocacy vis-à-vis the FATF, as well as future plans for engagement. Read more here.

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Workshop and Regional Exchange with Youth Leaders, Istanbul

June 6, 2015

30.05.15 – 05.06.2015: Human Security Collective and Cordaid facilitated a workshop for Libyan, Iraqi-Kurdish and Moroccan youth leaders, providing training on human security and UNSCR 1325 and assessing the kind of follow up training and/or meaningful support that could be offered within the mandate of the project. This workshop was followed by a regional exchange, where participants worked together on different project designs (including those developed for the West Bank and Gaza). Additionally, Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) and ABAAD provided several modules and exercises on ‘gender sensitive active nonviolence’ and implementing a ‘masculinity approach’.

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ICNL Global Forum 2015, Stockholm

May 12, 2015

10.05.15 – 12.05.2015:  ICNL’s Global Forum 2015 (convened every 5 years) is the premier global event focussing on the legal space for civil society. This invitation-only event brings together over 200 of the world’s leading minds across civil society, government, multilateral institutions, and the donor community – all there to help shape the future of civic space. This year’s Forum was marked by a sense of urgency unlike any other in recent times. In too many places, governments are becoming increasingly creative in their efforts to shrink civic space. In other countries, critical windows of opportunities exist for meaningful reform. Lia van Broekhoven…

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‘Who Owns the Transparency Agenda and To What Purpose?’, Brussels

April 22, 2015

‘Who Owns the Transparency Agenda and To What Purpose?’, Brussels

The European Foundation Centre, the European Center for Not-for-profit Law and the Human Security Collective together hosted an interactive policy briefing that asked: Who Owns the Transparency Agenda and To What Purpose? Transparency is becoming a go-to response when it comes to curing society of its multiple ills, whether the goal is ensuring greater accountability and better democratic practice, dealing with corruption, or preventing the financing of terrorism and money laundering. But whose agenda is driving this trend? This session helped open up the debate around this question and work through multiple perspectives on the issue. It concluded that: ‘Transparency is not…

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Tier-group meeting, Bamako, Mali.

April 1, 2015

31.03.15 – 01.04.15:  Organised by Human Security Collective (HSC) along with the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and  the Austrian Development Corporation (ADA), this consultative meeting is part of the three-year project on ‘Human Security and Countering Violent Extremism’ that HSC is involved in. The two-day meeting seeks to take stock of the project so far, discuss learnings and map the way forward. See here for the agenda.

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FATF-NPO Consultation, Brussels

March 25, 2015

A one-day consulatation between representatives of the non profit sector and the Financial Action Task Force on the revised Best Practices Paper. See here for more details. And here for an update of the meeting.

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Counterrorism Measures and their Effects on the Women, Peace & Security Agenda, Dutch Permanent Mission to the UN, New York

March 12, 2015

Convened by the Women Peacemakers Programme (WPP), Human Security Collective (HSC), Women in Governance India (WinG) and the Ecumenical Women’s Initiative (Croatia), The Netherlands Permanent Mission to the UN hosted a panel discussion to look at emerging trends in the women, peace & security field directly related to counterterrorism measures. It specifically highlighted the obstacles women’s organizations and activists encounter in regards to shrinking space due to tightened financial regulations, and provided a list of key recommendations for civil society, national and international policy makers, as well as UN representatives. Lia van Broekhoven, Executive Director of Human Security Collective, was on the panel. See…

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Workshop on Counter-Terrorism, Mombassa, Kenya

January 22, 2015

Workshop on Counter-Terrorism, Mombassa, Kenya

20.01 – 22.01.2015: Human Security Collective, together with the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT), The Hague and the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTED) successfully hosted the Kenyan national implementation workshop on security council resolutions 1624 and 2178 relating to counter-terrorism. The report is here.  

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Roundtable on Terrorist Financing Measures and the Non-Profit Sector, Berlin

January 17, 2015

Jointly hosted by Human Security Collective, the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law, the European Foundation Centre and Brot für die Welt, the roundtable discussed counterterrorism measures and their impact on the NPO sector as well as potential ways forward from an NPO perspective. The discussion was held in English under the Chatham House rules. The session provided the opportunity for a practical exchange among not only German but also stakeholders from other European countries on how anti-terrorist financing regulation affects the work of public benefit organizations. How does the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which has become the global standard setter on this matter,…

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New Challenges for Funding Civil Society, Washington D.C.

November 15, 2014

Freedom House organized a panel discussion on ‘Financial Surveillance of NGOs – Constraints and Possible Solutions’, exploring the current funding challenges confronted by human rights defenders and legitimate civil society organizations (CSOs) in the face of global efforts to constrain the financing of terrorism. The panel examined how more rigid standards to limit terrorism funding have affected the ability of CSOs to access funding and the possibilities of reforming these standards. The panel included Lia van Broekhoven, founder and executive director of Human Security Collective, Kay Guinane, program manager at Charity and Security Network and Lisa Davis, senior advisor for international legal affairs…

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The Role of the UN in Addressing Conditions Conducive to the Spread of Terrorism in the Context of Post-2015 Development Agenda Debate, Greentree, Manhasset , USA

October 8, 2014

Lia van Broekhoven, Executive Director of Human Security Collective, participated in the workshop organized by the United Nations Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) Office. She was part of a panel that discussed UN cooperation and assistance in addressing conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism in the context of the post-2015 development framework. Summary Report – UNCCT Workshop – Conditions Conducive in Context of post-2015 Agenda FINAL Annotated Agenda-Role of UN-Conditions Conducive in Context of post-2015 Agenda

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Engagement with the FATF: Strategy meeting, Brussels

September 29, 2014

Engagement with the FATF: Strategy meeting, Brussels

Human Security Collective, together with the European Centre for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) and the European Foundation Centre (ECF) organized a meeting to discuss the engagement strategy with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF): in particular to prepare key messages and demands to present to the FATF Secretariat, and, in general, to develop an advocacy roadmap going forward, which will include engagement with key EU and national actors involved in FATF policy making and implementation.

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Practices in and Reflections on Development, Security and Peace in Contexts of Violent Extremism and Terrorism, New York.

June 10, 2014

As part of the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy Review, Human Security Collective was part of a side event hosted by the Dutch Permanent Mission to the UN. The role of civil society and the human security security approach in countering violent extremism were discussed. Program Side Event Overall Paper Concept note Mali Panel Concept note Young Leadership Panel Concept note Rehabilitation Panel Concept note Intra- & Interfaith Dialogue

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Speak Truth To Power, The Hague

January 22, 2014

Speak Truth To Power, The Hague

In collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Justice & Peace, this international seminar was organized with Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) and focused on the challenges they face: •To make their voices heard more effectively in international fora and in their own countries, • To identify and further develop mechanisms to provide an enabling environment at international, regional and local level for the protection and empowerment of HRDs, • To identify expertise and skills needed to further strengthen vulnerable local HRDs living and operating outside the country capitals and in remote areas, and further develop relevant tools and modules…

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Human Security Project, Mali

January 18, 2014

Official launch in Bamako of the ‘Human Security & Countering Violent Extremism Project’, to be run by West Africa Network for Peacebuilders (WANEP), Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and Human Security Collective (HSC). Mr Abadou Toure Cheaka, special representative of Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) in Mali and Mr. Cheick Oumar Diarrah, Minister of Reconciliation and Development of the North, expressed their full commitment to this project. The project will run over three years in coordination with both civil society and the security sector in Mali and the region.   Video Player http://www.hscollective.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/ORTM-_-Journal-TV-20h-du-17-Janvier-2014-Launches-huamn-security-Project.mp4

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Expert Meeting on CVE, Security and Development, Abu Dhabi

November 11, 2013

Expert Meeting on CVE, Security and Development, Abu Dhabi

Expert meeting on the nexus between development and security, organized jointly by Human Security Collective and Hedayah Center in Abu Dhabi. Report Expert Meeting CVE, Security and Development

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Criminalization of Aid, The Hague

November 7, 2013

Discussion on the Criminalization of Aid, Humanity House, The Hague. http://www.humanityhouse.org/agenda/criminalisering-hulp/

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Human Security Seminar, Istanbul

October 1, 2013

The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), Human Security Collective and the Global Political Trends Centre (Istanbul) organized a Human Security Seminar in  Istanbul, Turkey. The seminar focused on human security issues as experienced in the Middle East region, and in particular the role of Turkey in addressing these challenges. There were panels on: Human Security in Theory and Practice A Challenge for Human Security: Regional Revolutions and Conflicts Turkey’s Response towards the Regional Revolutions and Conflicts The Turkish Kurdish Peace Process in Regional Perspective Turkey’s Response to Domestic Human Security Challenges Report Human Security Istanbul Event

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