Regional efforts to prevent abuse of the non-profit sector for terrorism financing purposes
29 March 2011
The first of a series of regional workshops on preventing abuse of the non-profit sector for the purpose of terrorism financing was held in Bangkok in March 2011. The event was designed for South and South-East Asian States and is part of a three-year global initiative led by the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED).
The three-day event brought together experts and policymakers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand, as well as panellists from relevant international and regional entities, who examined case studies and shared good practices. Recognizing the vital role played by non-profit organizations (NPOs) and charities in many aspects of national economic and social development, participants noted that terrorists and terrorist organizations could exploit the NPO sector to raise and move funds, provide logistical support, encourage terrorist recruitment, and support terrorist organizations and operations.
Participants agreed that protecting the NPO sector from abuse would be a complex process, which would require not only the commitment, coordination and cooperation of all relevant national agencies, but also international cooperation. The findings and ideas generated in the group discussions will help the United Nations to better understand the nature of the threats and challenges faced by Member States in this regard and help Member States themselves to replicate the many good practices developed to confront those challenges.
The regional workshop, which CTED organized on behalf of the Working Group on Tackling the Financing of Terrorism of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), was made possible with the support of Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom, IMF, UNODC, the Asia/Pacific Group on Money-Laundering, the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation, and the Charity Commission for England and Wales.