Non-profit Organisations (NPOs) perform a vital role in society, providing relief and support to populations in need, and at times during urgent crisis. Unfortunately, they have also been used to provide cover for the financing of terrorism. As a countermeasure, after the 9/11 bombings, the Financial Action Task (FATF) was formed.
It is a “policy-making body” which works to generate the necessary political will to bring about national legislative and regulatory reforms in these areas. As a member of FATF, Uganda has subsequently enacted anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws including the Anti-Money Laundering Act which established the Financial Intelligence Authority whose primary mandate is to monitor, investigate and prevent money laundering in Uganda.
As a follow up from the February 2018 dialogue between NPOs, banks and the FIA, it was evident and highly recommended that FIA creates awareness on compliance, standards and best practices for NPOs in Uganda:
The training shall be delivered by two experts from the FIA and faculty from DPI through presentations and round-table discussions. The following broad themes are expected to be covered during the training: