The government is to convene a working group to look at the implications of counter terrorism legislation on the funding and delivery of humanitarian assistance, including the closing of charity bank accounts. The working group will include charities and NGOs as well as members of the banking sector and key government departments.
The latest annual review of civil society around the world has been published by Civicus, looking at its working conditions and drawing on a range of perspectives from experts and activists.
A website on the third sector and volunteering, in the Catalan language, has started a “new adventure” with an international non-profit portal.
The portal aims to be a meeting point for international non-profit and third-sector leaders, professionals and other interested stakeholders and has a dual objective:
This year’s Tech4Good Awards are now open, for any charity, business, individual, social enterprise, school, college, university or any other public body with a base in the UK.
- AbilityNet Accessibility Award – software, hardware or other digital innovation that transforms the lives of disabled people.
Scottish banking advice for charities
New guidance to support charities with their banking arrangements has been produced by the Scottish charity regulator.
OSCR has worked with the British Bankers’ Association, the Charity Finance Group and others. While the guidance builds on an existing BBA leaflet for England and Wales, this has a specifically Scottish focus. Aimed at charity trustees and managers, it provides key information on banking, including choosing and opening the right bank account, understanding banking charges and fees, and how to switch accounts.
New research on risk for working in international development, and on giving levels around the world.
Risk Index for international organisations
A new index to measure the changes in perceived risk versus actual losses for International NGOs has been produced. As reported by sector umbrella body BOND, the first results for summer 2015 show the top six global risks as