BWB and Bond present: Working Overseas in High-risk Situations

Running aid and development projects in high risk countries involves a complex web of persons and organisations and presents particular challenges for NGOs with limited capacity. BWB and Bond would like to invite you to a workshop on common issues faced by charities, NGOs and other development organisations when operating projects abroad, with a particular focus on conflict zones and other high risk situations.

Dates & Times

April 30, 2014 @ 12:00 am

Alongside presentations from experts from the legal and accountancy fields, the workshop will use case studies and group activities to facilitate discussion of the key legal and financial issues trustees, support and programmes staff should consider when their organisations operate overseas, including:

• HMRC and Charity Commission expectations for overseas funding/operations by charities;
• Charity Commission investigations and the serious incident reporting framework;
• Transfer of funds and banking arrangements;
• Counter-terrorism, money laundering and anti-bribery legislation and its impact on NGOs working overseas;
• Working in areas under the control of proscribed organisations and/or designated individuals;
• Managing and mitigating risks – best practice and what to put in place;
• Duties of care for different persons, such as employees, volunteers, trustees, third party contractors and consultants, journalists, celebrity ambassadors and other supporters, and the relationships with local offices and partner NGOs;
• Practical considerations for NGOs’ in complying with their duty of care including pre-travel planning, dealing with issues that arise during the project, and post project debriefing.

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Sarah Bull, Senior Associate, BWB: Sarah specialises in employment law and regularly advises international charities on a number of issues including contracts with peripatetic staff, and their duties to employees posted overseas. Sarah is a trustee of a charity which operates internationally.

Stephanie Biden, Partner, BWB: Stephanie has a particular focus on advising international NGOs. Her work includes advice on establishing local branches and international structures, grant-making, complying with anti-bribery legislation and contracts with institutional funders such as DFID and USAID. Before joining BWB she worked for a human rights NGO in Thailand and she has been a trustee of several charities which work internationally

Augustus Della-Porta, Associate, BWB: Gus regularly advises charities that operate internationally on a wide range of legal issues including counter terrorism law, and has a particular focus on organisations operating in and around Syria and the Middle East more widely. He has previously lived and worked in Palestine and Syria and speaks Arabic.

Matthew Orme, Solicitor, BWB: Matthew regularly advises on health and safety law and organisations’ duty of care in a very wide range of circumstances, including high risk overseas activities. He previously worked in public sector management.

Noelia Serrano, Senior Audit Manager, Sayer Vincent: Noelia qualified as a chartered accountant with Sayer Vincent and has a Diploma in Charity Accounting awarded by the ICAEW and Cass Business School. Noelia manages a variety of audit clients who have wide-ranging activities. These include UNICEF UK, Disasters Emergency Committee, Minority Rights Group, Toybox Charity, Anti-Slavery International and Medical Aid for Palestinians.


£50pp (excl. VAT) for Bond members; £80pp (excl. VAT) for all other organisations