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FATF updates best practices on combating the abuse of NPOs

Rec. 8 does not apply to the entire not-for-profit sector, but only to the sub-set that falls within the FATF definition of an NPO.  Countries should identify organisations that fall within that definition, assess their risks of abuse for terrorist financing…

FATF identifies jurisdictions with AML/CFT and counter-proliferation deficiencies

FinCEN alerts U.S. financial institutions that FATF, in its recent plenary meeting, addressed the use of crowdfunding by terrorist groups like Hamas for financing attacks. FATF emphasizes global vigilance against circumventing measures on the Russian Federation to safeguard…

FATF announces amendments to the standards to strengthen global asset recovery

Ther revised Recommendations will help countries respond to the speed of criminal activity and equip them to succeed by introducing new tools, closing loopholes, and emphasising actions to target and capture criminal proceeds at the opportune moment.

FATF examines illicit financial flows drawing from cyber-fraud

New report highlights examples of successful operational responses and strategies, including the need to break down siloes and accelerate and enhance collaboration across various sectors and on both the domestic and international levels.

Basel AML Index 2023: Action on money laundering more urgent than ever

The report emphasises the critical importance of addressing and mitigating money laundering risks globally. AML risks increased in four of the five domains measured: corruption and bribery; financial transparency and standards; public transparency and accountability…

FATF consults on its risk-based guidance to Rec.25 on beneficial ownership and transparency of legal arrangement

FATF is seeking input on its guidance from companies and other legal persons, FIs, DNFBPs, and non-profit organisations by 8 Dec 2023. The FATF Plenary held in Oct 2023 agreed to release the revised guidance for public consultation and expects to finalise this work at its Feb 2024 Plenary…

RUSI discuss Hamas financing in new podcast series focusing on STRs

Host Stephen Reimer unpacks the key issues and debunks some common myths at the heart of the Hamas financing story with Jessica Davis of Insight Threat Intelligence and Matthew Levitt of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.


FATF adds 3 countries to its “Black List” and 23 countries to its “Grey List”

FATF has added Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iran and Myanmar to its black list and moved Bulgaria, UAE, Croatia, South Africa, Turkey among others to it grey list. 129 countries and jurisdictions were reviewed…

FATF publishes report on use of crowdfunding in terrorist financing

The report highlights good practices, starting with the inclusion of crowdfunding in national terrorist financing risk assessments, outreach to the crowdfunding sector, and strong domestic and international information sharing mechanisms.

FATF issues call to action to high-risk jurisdictions

Applies to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iran and Myanmar.

World Bank issues report on lessons learned from the First Generation of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risk Assessments

This report aims to guide the policy makers in World Bank client jurisdictions in continuously improving their assessments and understandings of money laundering and terrorist financing risks in their jurisdictions. The report attempts to draw lessons mainly from…

Wolfsberg Group publishes updated Payment Transparency Standards

The challenges associated with payment transparency cannot be resolved solely by payment and compliance specialists within banks, but rather require agreement among all payments stakeholders – including competent authorities, the PMIs within their countries…