IASC Guidance to Humanitarian Coordinators - Impact of Sanctions and Counterterrorism Measures on Humanitarian Operations

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The development of measures to prevent resources from being made available to certain individuals, groups or Governments has accelerated in recent years, notably in the area of counterterrorism.1 These efforts have translated into increased scrutiny on humanitarian organizations and their operations out of concern that humanitarian activities could – voluntarily or not – benefit targeted Governments, groups or individuals. Some governments, sanctions experts and counterterrorism actors also increasingly consider that humanitarian organisations should participate in the implementation of sanctions and counter-terrorism measures, despite the obvious risks for principled humanitarian action and actors.

This guidance focuses on the impact of sanctions and counterterrorism measures on humanitarian assistance, including protection activities. It presents two sets of actions Humanitarian Coordinators and Humanitarian Country Teams can take to address the impact of sanctions and counterterrorism measures on humanitarian operations. This guidance does not address the potential socioeconomic impact of sanctions.