On this page, you will find information on Grantmaking, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and the Partner Vetting System.

The rights of nonprofit organizations (NPOs) to free speech, association and assembly often come under pressure or even direct attack as a result of over-reaching laws and regulations. The problem is exacerbated by donors and enforcement agencies that shift risk downstream onto NPOs. For example, counterterrorism clauses or certifications that NPOs must sign as part of the grant agreement and USAID’s problematic Partner Vetting System may be inconsistent with humanitarian principles or privacy standards. In addition, since investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election raised the profile of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), , which requires registration and disclosure by those acting “for or on behalf of” foreign governments and entities, have led to overly broad application of the law to fundamental civil society relationships . Information and analysis in this section calls attention to threats to the rights of nonprofit organizations and efforts to address them.

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Surveillance of Civil Society is a Growing Problem
Foreign Agent Registration Act and Protecting Nonprofit Organizations
Issue Brief: USAID’s Partner Vetting System

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November 21st, 2019|

The examination of foreign influence on U.S. elections has put a heavy focus on the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), an until-fairly-recently-somewhat-ignored law that requires those working for a

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