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Middle East and North Africa Financial Action Task Force (MENAFATF)

menafatfLocation: Headquarters – Manama, Bahrain


Type: International

MENAFATF was established in 2004 by the agreement between the governments of its members. It aims to build an effective system to combat money laundering and terrorism financing in the region, bearing in mind the variety of cultures and religions within the region.

In regard to CIED work they are part of the regional efforts to counter the financing of terrorism, which allows the militant groups to buy and transport materials used in the making of IEDs.

The CIED objectives of MENAFATF are to:

  • To adopt and implement the FATF Recommendations on combating money laundering and financing of terrorism and proliferation;
  • To co-operate among each other to raise compliance with these standards within the MENA Region and to cooperate with other international and regional organizations, institutions and agencies to improve compliance worldwide;
  • To work jointly to identify issues of regional nature related to money laundering and terrorist financing, and to share relevant experiences and to develop solutions for dealing with them; and
  • To take measures throughout the region to effectively combat money laundering and terrorist financing in a way that does not contradict with the cultural values, constitutional frameworks and legal systems in the member countries.

Member states include: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.