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BSA Reform Bill Clears House Committee

A bill designed to update the Bank Secrecy Act for the first time since the PATRIOT Act was passed contains two provisions that could benefit nonprofit organizations (NPOs) struggling with access to financial services. The bill passed unanimously out of the House Financial Services Committee on May 8, 2019. The Coordinating Oversight, Upgrading and Innovating Technology, and Examiner Reform Act of 2019 (COUNTER Act, H.R. 2514) directs the Secretary of the Treasury,

2019-06-20T05:21:57-04:00May 28th, 2019|Financial Access|

Abstract: Violence Reduction Subsector Review & Evidence Evaluation

In Violence Reduction Subsector Review & Evidence Evaluation, authors Jessica Baumgardner-Zuzik and Emily Myers, through the Alliance for Peacebuilding and the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium, seek to identify where peacebuilding programs have “directly correlated to reduced levels of violence” in order to design more targeted programs that directly impact violence and its causes. This is especially relevant because as of the report’s publication, levels of global violent conflict are at

2019-06-18T10:50:51-04:00April 30th, 2019|PeaceBuilding|

Global Fragility Bill Advances

The Global Fragility Act of 2019 has advanced out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is headed for a vote in the full House of Representatives. Reps. Engel, McCaul, and Omar spoke in support of the bill (video here). The bill (H.R. 2116), which passed the House of Representatives in the 115th Congress last year, would focus America's diplomatic, development and security efforts on preventing the root causes of violence

2019-06-14T06:31:06-04:00April 12th, 2019|PeaceBuilding|

New UN Counter Terrorist Financing Resolution: Vague Safeguards for Civil Society Puts Focus on Implementation

The UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2462 to “Combat, Criminalize Financing of Terrorists, Their Activities” on March 28, 2019 that is binding on all member states and can be enforced by UN sanctions. Sponsored by France, Resolution 2462 is the results of intense behind-the-scenes negotiations, including efforts by civil society to include clear safeguards for humanitarian and peacebuilding activities as well as cautions against further bank derisking of nonprofit organizations. It is the first comprehensive

2019-05-29T09:26:03-04:00April 3rd, 2019|News|

Abstract: Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism

In Untangling a Marriage of Convenience: Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism, authors Tracey Durner and Danielle Cotter argue that, although anti-money laundering (AML) and countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) efforts have much in common, this melding places “undue burden on the private sector to understand the intent of criminals behind the actual transactions.” Some even contend that “misguided” CFT policies are leading to ineffective, and perhaps

2019-06-20T08:57:33-04:00March 12th, 2019|Counter-terrorist Financing|

USIP Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States releases “A New Approach”

As the humanitarian and financial costs of terrorism continue to increase, the United States Institute for Peace’s (USIP) Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States has issued a new report calling on Congress and all Americans to adopt a bold new paradigm to prevent vulnerabilities and foster peace. The report, Extremism in Fragile States: A New Approach, shifts the focus to prevention. “If we can mitigate the underlying conditions that allow extremism to emerge

2019-06-24T10:36:06-04:00March 6th, 2019|Countering Violent Extremism, PeaceBuilding|

Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act Signed into Law

The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.1158) was signed into law by President Trump on January 14 after passing both the full Senate (on December 12, 2018) and the House of Representatives (December 21, 2018). The bipartisan bill, named after Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, requires a government-wide atrocity prevention strategy, affirms the work of the Atrocities Prevention Board and other practical steps aimed at identifying countries at

2019-05-23T07:15:42-04:00January 17th, 2019|News, PeaceBuilding|
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