Intimidation Campaign Using False Claims Act and IRS to Push Problematic Enforcement Policy on NGOs

This spring our monitoring picked up a surprising story. Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) had agreed to pay over $2 million to the U.S. government for allegedly providing material support to listed terrorist groups, in violation of the anti-terrorism certification in its USAID grant agreement.  NPA had been sued under the False Claims Act (FCA), a whistleblower law, by the Zionist Advocacy Center (TZAC) and said it settled the case in

2019-05-28T06:56:37-04:00September 27th, 2018|Blog|

NRC Examines Impact of Counterterrorism, CVE on Humanitarian Action

A report from the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Principles Under Pressure: The Impact of Counterterrorism Measures and Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism on Principled Humanitarian Action, aims to update the evidence base for the impact of counterterrorism measures on humanitarian groups' ability to deliver aid to populations under the control of designated terrorist groups. It also sets out to examine what impact, if any, the emerging areas of P/CVE has on principled humanitarian action. Read

2019-06-14T05:20:43-04:00June 25th, 2018|Abstracts, Node|

What Happens in New York …

It has been said of the UN that “what happens in Geneva stays in Geneva.” But what about New York? Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, insists that civil society organizations should be showing up for the UN’s counterterrorism work in New York and “making life uncomfortable for them.” In late March, I had the

2019-05-28T06:40:25-04:00April 17th, 2018|Node|

Global NPO Coalition on FATF Presents: ABCs for Risk Assessment of the Nonprofit Sector in Your Country

The Global NPO Coalition on FATF Presents:  ABCs for Risk Assessment of the Nonprofit Sector in Your Country View the Recording Ever since FATF revised its Recommendation 8 on nonprofit organizations in 2016, countries must conduct a terrorist financing risk assessment of the nonprofit sector. FATF requires government outreach to NPOs for these assessments, which are supposed to shape targeted, proportionate measures that only apply to NPOs at risk. How

2019-06-13T11:28:32-04:00March 9th, 2018|Node|

Highlights from 2017, Looking Forward to 2018

As the Charity & Security Network begins its tenth year of operation, it is time to reflect on the accomplishments and challenges of 2017, both to recognize our collective achievements and to inform our priorities and strategies for 2018. The members, Advisory Board and staff all can be credited with contributing to the successes of 2017.  Here are the main highlights: Securing Financial Access for Nonprofits: From Research to Action

2019-06-20T10:06:44-04:00January 11th, 2018|Node|

London Calling

London Calling I’m a child of the 80s, and The Clash is still a vital part of my playlist. Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to London to speak about financial access for nonprofits, an issue near and dear to us at Charity & Security Network. The added bonus was that as I prepared my talk, scheduled meetings around the conference and made travel plans, The Clash’s music became my

2019-06-19T10:21:25-04:00December 11th, 2017|Blog, Financial Access|

If it Ain’t Broke …..

As the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The spokesman for the “let’s-shut-down-U.S.-charities-because-they’re-conduits-for-terror-finance” school of thought has been pushing this outdated and discredited narrative in Washington, D.C. over the past year or more. He seems to believe that the Obama administration’s enforcement policy was negligent in its duty to “bust terrorist charities” (his words, not ours), that U.S. nonprofits have been given a free pass over

2019-06-20T09:04:03-04:00August 14th, 2017|Blog, Counter-terrorist Financing, Material Support, Node|

Sorry, No More Chances for CVE

In a July 18 Letter to the Editor published in Just Security, the Charity & Security Network outlines the many problems with domestic countering violent extremism (CVE) programs to date. The letter explains that among the wide array of CVE detractors, not all oppose CVE for the same reasons. C&SN believes that domestic CVE programs have been irrevocably tainted by their relationship with law enforcement, which has primarily targeted Muslim communities with

2019-06-24T10:59:41-04:00July 25th, 2017|Countering Violent Extremism, Node, PeaceBuilding|
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