22 April 2016 - The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an independent inter-governmental body that develops and promotes policies to protect the global financial system against money laundering, terrorist financing and the financing of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The FATF Recommendations are recognised as the global anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standard.
The FATF recognises the vital importance of the non-profit organisation (NPO) community in providing charitable services around the world, as well as the difficulty of providing assistance to those in need, often in remote regions, and applauds the efforts of the NPO community to meet such needs. However, terrorists and terrorist organisations may also abuse some legitimate NPOs, often without the knowledge of their donors, management, or staff, or may create sham charities to funnel money to terrorists.
Building on the written public consultation exercise launched on the FATF’s website from 6 to 27 November 2015, the FATF is undertaking a focused and limited revision to Recommendation 8, after consultation with the NPO sector at the Consultation and Dialogue Meeting held in Vienna on 18 April 2016, and its on-going revision of the Interpretive Note to Recommendation 8.
The FATF is committed to conducting this revision in an open and transparent manner, and is keen to involve the NPO sector in order to ensure that practical knowledge and experience, in particular from service NPOs, can be properly reflected.
The FATF wishes to receive your views and specific proposals to the text of Recommendation 8, in English or French, no later than 29 April 2016 (Friday) at 18:00 CET. [The public consultation is now closed]
All the comments received will be shared with the FATF delegations. Please note that the fields indicating countries in which you or your organisation is based and primarily operates and the entities which you represent are mandatory as we are particularly interested in hearing the views of those NPOs which fall within the FATF definition.
To facilitate the analysis, input which is not submitted according to the instructions and following the template, and/or is submitted after the above deadline, will not be considered.
Going forward, the FATF will discuss the input received through the Consultation and Dialogue meeting held on 18 April 2016 and this consultation exercise, with a view to finalising the revisions to Recommendation 8 and its Interpretive Note in June 2016.
Background concerning revision of the Interpretive Note to Recommendation 8, 6-27 November 2015