Conference will highlight the risks faced by charities operating internationally

3rd July 2015

Charity sector expert, Kirsty McEwen will be speaking at a national conference later this month looking at the risks faced by charities operating internationally.    

The conference is taking place in Birmingham on 16 July and is being organised by Sayer Vincent's International Charities Forum. Kirsty is one of two leading experts who will be speaking on issues ranging from anti-bribery to counter terrorism legislation.

"There have been a number of high profiles cases recently where charitable organisations have, in good faith, undertaken activities overseas which have put their operations and assets at risk," explains Kirsty who heads Higgs & Sons' Charities and Not-for-Profit team.

"This conference is a practical one which seeks to offer guidance and advice to charities and not for profit organisations that operate internationally on the regulatory framework to which they are subject and the risks to them if they break the law, for example by inadvertently funding illegal or nefarious activities."

The Charity Commission regards these issues as of the highest importance, particularly for those charities with large scale operations based outside of the UK in so called 'high risk' areas.  Counter terrorism and the use of charity funds for terrorist or extremist purposes is currently a key regulatory focus for the Commission and so this is a very topical issue for Trustees.

Speaking alongside Kirsty will be Nick Donaldson, Head of Outreach at the Charity Commission who will run through the Commission's expectations in terms of due diligence and how INGOs can ensure they comply with their regulatory requirements.

"I am looking forward to discussing the legal issues affecting charities operating overseas and offering some practical steps Trustees can take to minimise operational risks," continues Kirsty.

"By focusing on anti -bribery, counter-terrorism and HMRC legislation, I will highlight the implications of breaching the law and how organisations can avoid this happening."

The International Charities Forum Practical Approaches to Compliance conference is taking place at Maple House in Birmingham on 16th July 2015.

To read Kirsty McEwen latest article, 'Tackling Abuse and Mismanagement of Charities',  please click here.


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