High-Level Discussion on De-risking: Side Event at G20 Summit

November 29th, Austral University, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Members of the Global NPO Coalition on FATF, led by an ICNL/ECNL/HSC initiative, convened government officials and international experts to discuss regulatory restrictions and financial implications affecting the NPO sector – so called ‘de-risking’ – and actions the G20 should take to address the issues.

Present were representatives from the Argentinian government and Central Bank, a representative from the German Treasury, a member of the French consular staff in Buenos Aires, members of GAFILAT, Japanese C20 delegates, civil society network representatives from Argentina and last, but not least, the Executive Secretary of the FATF, David Lewis (who gave the keynote address).

Discussed were the regulatory restrictions and financial implications of this facing the NPO sector. One of the solutions highlighted, and one that was received with great interest by the participants, was the ongoing multi-stakeholder dialogue processes taking place in the US (the World Bank–ACAMS process), the Netherlands and the UK, with NPOs, banks, governments and regulators coming together to better understand each other’s standpoints and try and hammer out possible solutions.

David Lewis, FATF, was very complementary about the role of the Global NPO Coalition in working constructively with the FATF to amend the discourse on NPOs, and emphasize the risk-based approach.

The FATF Report to the G20 Leaders’ Summit (see paras 32, 33, 35) highlights concern at loss of access to banking services for NPOs, and calls for a ‘co-ordinated approach among international organisations, technical assistance providers, policy makers, standard setters, supervisors and private sector’ to address de-risking.

Going forward, engagement with the governments mentioned will continue. The German representative at the meeting has already shared the outcomes of the meeting with relevant government officials in Germany and is looking at ways on how to support this further going forward. The Japanese C20 delegation is enthused by this topic (especially given the Japanese NPO sector’s interest in humanitarian aid flows) and is looking to translate this into an official side event at the next G20 Summit.

 

G20 Interfaith Forum: Panel on ‘Funding Essential Humanitarian Relief in Conflict Zones’

Buenos Aires, Sept 26-28: HSC was part of a panel exploring the difficulties humanitarian organizations are faced with when trying to fund essential relief in conflict zones.

Faith-based organizations are often the last bastion of humanitarian service delivery in conflict and volatile contexts and therefore need reliable access to financial services. However, often these same organizations are considered to be funding risks because they are operating in the vicinity of the terrorist groups/violent extremists driving the conflict. This panel brings together a number of faith-based organizations from around the world to provide recommendations on: ‘How can G20 leaders work to assure that essential funding reaches the most vulnerable and needy in conflict zones? What financial instruments and legislation are necessary to ensure transparency and responsible use of funds for these humanitarian operations?’

Panel:

Stephanie Hochstetter, Director for the Rome-based Agencies and Committee on World Food Security, World Food Programme, Italy (Chair)
Sharif Aly, CEO, Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA)
Ton Groeneweg, Programme Officer for Asia, Mensen met een Missie, The Netherlands
Rawaad Mahyub, Executive Director, The Humanitarian Forum, UK
Lia van Broekhoven, Executive Director, Human Security Collective (HSC), The Netherlands

For a summary of the event and the Global NPO Coalition’s letter to the G20 outlining its asks, see here.  

For the Recommendations that came out of the meeting, click here.

Moldova: Workshop on FATF Evaluation Process and Impact on Civil Society

A workshop took place in Chisinau on September 20th, organised by the Moldovan civil society organisation Promo-Lex, in conjunction with partners from the Global NPO Coalition on FATF, ECNL and HSC. This was to raise awareness of FATF processes and  their impact on civil society before the upcoming evaluation of the country that will check whether its AML/CFT regulations and laws are in place and whether these are effective. There was a wide representation of civil society around the table, including a representative each from the government and the EU. The agenda of the meeting is here.

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.