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Authors Ben Hayes and Poonam Joshi summarise the key findings of the Funders' Initiative for Civil Society (FICS) 2019 strategic review, which sought to elaborate a strategic framework through which independent funders could respond more effectively to the phenomenon of closing civic space through collaborative and targeted interventions.This paper incorporates preliminary thoughts on the Covid-19 crisis alongside more developed 'futures thinking' about climate and technological change. It makes the case that – as funders who invest in progressive causes and movements – we must find new ways to expand the space for civic participation.This is the first of a series of recommendations FICS will publish for funders on how to disrupt and reform the drivers of closing civic space.
The Impact of International Counter-terrorism on Civil Society Organisations: Understanding the Role of the Financial Action Task ForceApril 1, 2017
An April 2017 publication commissioned by Brot für die Welt and authored by Ben Hayes looks at The impact of international counterterrorism on civil society organisations, in particular, the role of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in setting international standards that affect the way in which civil society organisations are regulatedby nation-states, their access to financial services, and their obligations to avoid proscribed organisations and other entities deemed to pose a 'terrorism' risk. The report makes 11 recommendations to civil society organisations, national and regional parliamentary committees, national governments and the FATF.
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