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  • Survey Finds Americans Adverse to Supporting Muslim Charities | Charity & Security Network
    received over 50 percent favorable responses See our blog entry about this finding and other results from the survey Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/183 (2016-02-16)
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  • March 1, 2010 Event: Civil society, Security and Aid Post-9/11: Challenges, Tensions and Dilemmas | Charity & Security Network
    on civil society actors and aid policy and practice Click here to continue reading Printer friendly Email Date February 12 2010 Attachment Size LSE and CSN Book Summaries pdf 137 65 KB On March 1 2010 the Charity and Security Network held a reception and discussion based on a new book Civil Society Under Strain Counter Terrorism Policy Civil Society and Aid Post 9 11 Kumarian Press The books editors Jude Howell and Jeremy Lind of the London School of Economics Civil Society Centre provided their analysis on how nonprofits and aid agencies can engage in security debates and respond to security initiatives in a way that does not compromise their own priorities and principles Civil Society Security and Aid Post 9 11 Challenges Tensions and Dilemmas The event was held at the Mott House 122 Maryland Avenue NE Washington DC The book describes the threats to nonprofits conducting humanitarian operations around the world from unjust or overbroad anti terror laws Each chapter presents the shared and unique challenges for nonprofits in countries such as the United States Sri Lanka Australia Spain and former Soviet republics like Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/background/March1_Event_Civil_Society_Security_Aid_Post_9/11_Challenges_Tensions_Dilemmas (2016-02-16)
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  • New Study: UK Humanitarian Aid in the Age of Counterterrorism: Perceptions and Reality | Charity & Security Network
    to government and donor country counterterrorism efforts The study highlights several factors that have brought critical attention to the issue The increasing operations of the British INGOs in response to escalating conflicts in high risk zones such as Syria and Somalia The limited access to monetary services and funds especially for British Muslim INGOS The probable increase of power of the Charity Commission The developing discourse between the UK government and British INGOs on counterterrorism measures The report provides perspectives and challenges from several stakeholders including UK INGOs banks governments and the Charity Commission Several British INGOs are concerned about the restricted access to financial services due to the potential abuse of funds for armed terrorist groups which has led to decreasing aid efforts within conflict zones Many UK banks are focused on the INGO s exposure to risk and close accounts to prevent this The Charity Commission struggles to maintain a balance between ensuring that charities comply with laws as well as helping charities to comply Governmental departments strive to establish basic universal standards that INGOs should adhere to While the article concludes that it is difficult to assess the impact of counterterrorism measures on INGOs with the limited information available it asserts that all parties must work together to address the multiple terrorist threats against the UK and provides several recommendations to facilitate this collaboration These recommendations include allowing third parties to access INGO s performance according to certain standards and improving counsel for bank risk managers on dealing with INGO clients This study can be found here Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/1289 (2016-02-16)
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  • Study Examines Counterterrorism Clauses in Grants | Charity & Security Network
    perception that Muslim identified organizations are subject to disparate treatment Many of the problems derive from donors use of template language that is not necessarily appropriate for different types of projects In addition humanitarian organizations vary in their ability to negotiate better terms The study found that the groups with the most negotiating power were those with strong reputations and that framed their programming not in the language of counterterrorism or security but in terms of pursuing principled humanitarian action which entails extensive due diligence risk analysis assessment and monitoring and evaluation Two organizations were able to negotiate clauses that recognized international humanitarian law obligations The relevant language in these clauses is as follows Partner shall at all times act in accordance with humanitarian principles as enshrined in international humanitarian law and other relevant international instruments These principles include but are not limited to humanity neutrality independence and impartiality In accordance with these principles Grantee shall take reasonable measures in the prevailing circumstances to ensure that all funds goods and resources are utilized for the benefit of the needy based on these principles Annex 6C It is the policy of Grantor to seek to ensure that none of its funds are used to provide support to individuals or entities associated with terrorism In accordance with this policy as well as applicable sections of the Geneva Conventions the Recipient undertakes to use reasonable efforts to ensure that its activities are victim oriented and have not been designed to assist parties to a conflict Annex 2F The report describes characteristics of counterterrorism clauses including a range in the standard of effort to avoid diversion that is required from reasonable to all means necessary due diligence practices certification statements and list checking The study concludes with four potential inflection points on how the

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/studies/Counterterrorism_Clauses_Grants_Harvard_Brookings_Study (2016-02-16)
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  • CIVICUS Report: Global Restrictions on Civil Society | Charity & Security Network
    them in the exercise of their rights undermines the global compact on development effectiveness The report outlines several tactics used by governments to reduce or eliminate civil society participation including Restricting access to funding and imposing barriers to legitimate civil society activities Forced shut downs of nonprofits under the guise of vague appeals to the notion of legitimacy transparency and accountability The near endemic levels of violence committed against land indigenous and environmental activists in Southeast Asia and Central America And the increasing imprisonment and harassment of civil society watchdog groups for exposing government corruption and wrongdoing The report argues that governments must adhere to principles of supporting civil society such as the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation BPd The BPd recognized the vital role of civil society has in supporting development by enabling people to claim their rights in promoting rights based approaches in shaping development policies and partnerships and in overseeing their implementation Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/studies/CIVICUS_Civil_Society_Restrictions (2016-02-16)
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  • Report: Protect and Expand Space for Civil Society | Charity & Security Network
    working on sensitive issues like human rights make the future of nonprofits uncertain In addition many governments require organizations to go through onerous administrative procedures which can be cost prohibitive particularly for smaller organizations The report offers 12 immediate actions to be taken Information is power CSOs need to work together to gather and analyze data to support their objectives and provide evidence of human rights abuses Formal and informal coalitions are vital for sharing learning and information raising voices increasing legitimacy and influence and securing funds Coalitions need to reach across internal national international and sectoral divides to optimize their potential Donors must refrain from loading CSO partners with excessive demands around planning and reporting as this can make organizations ultimately more accountable to donors than local communities CSOs human rights defenders independent journalists and lawyers need protection and ongoing risk analyses and support strategies to mitigate the different risks to themselves and or their organizations Development policy making must systematically involve CSOs and indigenous and minority groups CSOs must build and sustain close links with their communities through participatory and popular education methodologies so that the loudest voices on laws and policies come from citizens Funding policies and practices must strengthen CSO capacity to operate independently CSO donor partnerships need to be based on equal partnership not just funding agreements Policy needs to assist CSOs in generating local and independent revenue streams Such policy may include incentives for philanthropists and businesses to engage in corporate social responsibility All laws that restrict NGO activity and are inconsistent with international human rights law must be repealed CSOs need to have the independence and freedoms to which they are entitled under these laws The right of citizens to peacefully assemble march and protest on matters of public concern must be safeguarded

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/studies/Space_for_Civil_Society (2016-02-16)
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  • CIVICUS Report on State of Civil Society 2014 | Charity & Security Network
    s power This year s report also details the increase in civil unrest and protests occurring around the world The report authors attribute this civil unrest to growing trend of the economic elite colluding with politically powerful individuals to make self serving policies that restrict the space in which non profits can operate The report found that this problem grows exponentially as businesses expand into large international corporations CIVICUS argues that the only way to fight this growing trend is to increase relationships with global governance institutions GGI and multilateralism The report offers a scorecard to collect information on which GGIs work best with civil society organizations Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications The Latest News C SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism February 8 2016 New Budget Language Intended to Rein In Partner Vetting System January

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/studies/CIVICUS_State_Civil_Society_2014 (2016-02-16)
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  • NPOs Urge U.S. Government to Increase their Support for the Crisis in Yemen | Charity & Security Network
    S government announced the suspension of USAID assistance for conflict prevention and good governance in Yemen The first letter sent in June calls on the U S government to prioritize conflict prevention and peacebuilding during the conflict It outlines several previously stated U S priorities that the government should adhere to including supporting and continuing to support locally led conflict prevention programs and social cohesion work promoting inclusive governance and local alternatives to violence and advocating for democratic governance The NPOs share their concerns about the risks of disengaging with Yemen where the U S could strain vital relationships send a negative message to the conflict affected communities and lose key influence in reducing the conflict The U S has significant interest in supporting a stable Yemen despite the challenges and risks of engaging during conflict the letter asserts USAID responded to the Charity and Security Network in late June stating that negotiating humanitarian access and providing assistance is their main concern The agency explained that while the U S remains committed to a democratic Yemen some of their development portfolio had to be temporarily suspended because of the unsafe environment there We worked diligently to ensure that our suspension will allow us to keep programs in place so that we can quickly restart activities at any point where the situation is permissive and civil society partners can meet in a safe environment USAID explains Twenty NPOs sent a joint follow up letter in August urging the U S to recognize the severity of the crisis and develop a thorough strategy to prevent deterioration in the Yemen conflict They encouraged the U S to focus on developing and sustaining lasting peace by pushing for an immediate ceasefire respecting local solutions and collaborating with civil society as well as increasing humanitarian

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/NPOs_Urge_Support_Yemen (2016-02-16)
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