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


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 at Freedom House. The panel was moderated by Dr. Chloe Schwenke, vice president for global programs at Freedom House.