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14 November 2023
The 'Funding Resilience Learning and Codesign Lab Series' were hosted over 13-16 November. This event page contains more information on the 'Legal and Banking Solutions' Lab hosted on 14 November 2023.

Legal and Banking Solutions: Learning Labs Week

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Learning Lab: Legal and banking Solutions


Tuesday 14th November
8am PST / 11am ET / 4pm UTC / 5pm CET / 11pm ICT

As part of HRFN’s Better Preparedness: Funding Resilience initiative, our Learning Labs Week brought together a powerful set of thought leaders to address the challenges facing human rights actors in crisis and closing civic space. 

How do we overcome barriers to moving money where it’s needed most? What’s driving legal and financial barriers to funding civil society, and what can we do about it?

At the ‘Overcoming Legal and Banking Barriers to Move Money’ Learning Lab we looked at a range of solutions from the humanitarian and human rights sectors including digital currencies, cashing out via informal money markets like Hawala, as well how banks are de-risking and what all of this means for our compliance models.

Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, this Lab was a private session and not recorded. The slide deck below provides an overview.

HRFN Banking and Legal Learning Lab



  1. Abi Knipe, Deputy Director, Funders Initiative for Civil Society 
  2. Federico Motka, Head of Humanitarian, Vitol Foundation

You can also read out more about other Learning Lab sessions on early warning systems, decolonizing grantmaking, and tech, AI and human rights.

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