EFC Event: Preventing Terrorist Abuse of Nonprofit Organizations

efc_150SAVE THE DATE: 24 January 2014 from 11:30 until 14:30

Exchange on Preventing Terrorist Abuse of Nonprofit Organizations: Implications for the Future Regulatory Framework

European Foundation Centre at Philanthropy House – 94 Rue Royale, 1000 Brussels

We are facing a context where governments around the globe want to ensure that terrorist financing is prevented. What are the proportionate tools and measures to do this? Is there a need for tighter transparency and accountability rules/mechanisms for non-profit organisations (NPOs)? In some cases new regulations have led to severe restrictions on NPOs ability to work.

An intergovernmental agency, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), has been developing recommendations for anti-terrorist financing laws and regulations, which are being implemented by some 180 countries. Now FATF is undertaking an update of its basic framework for legal oversight of non-profit organisations in the counterterrorism context, beginning with research to establish “typologies” of terrorist abuse of non-profit organisations.

We are pleased to invite you to join an exchange with FATF representatives. Nigel Tarling, Head of International Programme, Charity Commission, and Co-Chair, FATF Risk Management and Trends Working Group (Typologies), and a panel of civil society representatives and non-profit law experts will provide background and analysis to help increase understanding of issues currently under discussion in the review process and in implementation of R8, and to give stakeholders an opportunity to comment on any recommendations before they are drafted. A transnational civil society working group has been conducting its own research and analysis on risks and vulnerabilities of the sector and will share key findings at the meeting.

A more detailed agenda will be available at the beginning of January 2014.

The event is organised by the European Foundation CentreHuman Security Collective and the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law. Lunch will be provided. We’re looking forward to your contribution to the discussion!

Please RSVP by 17 January 2014 to Stephanie Roy, sroy@efc.be

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