Counter-terrorism impacts charity banking

A new report sheds light on the rationale for the recent closure by banks of accounts held by charities working internationally. Charities have seen millions of pounds intended for refugees and overseas projects blocked under anti-terrorism measures designed to prevent aid cash falling into the hands of extremist groups.

Based on three years of research by the author, the Demos study recommends ways of working together to reverse a damaging trend, which at best is counter-productive and at worst creates, rather than reduces, security risks as money flows through informal channels instead of official ones.

See news articles from The Independent or The Guardian, or download the 130 page report ‘Uncharitable Behaviour‘ (pdf, 532KB).