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The Impact of AML/CTF Regulation on Civil Society – Building Capacity and Partnerships to Protect Civic Space

Prior to the 2016 revision, FATF Recommendation 8 classified NPOs as “particularly vulnerable” to terrorist abuse”. This in many countries has been used to justify the excessive prerequisites for NPO registration, restrictions on access to foreign funding, freezing of NPO bank accounts and in extreme cases to arbitrary search and arrests of NPO staffers. All of which have caused grave impediments on the work of civil society.

This convention, pooling civil society leaders, experts on FATF, FATF-FSRB representatives and other stakeholders purposed to create awareness on FATF, AML/CFT legislation in the regional NPO sector, build capacities and to offer interventions for the shrinking civic space.

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