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07 March 2005

U.S. Aid Agency Clarifies Anti-Terrorism Certification Rules

Provides details on which organizations need to comply, and how

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has clarified rules for the anti-terrorism certification required of its partners and grant recipients.  The following fact sheet gives background information on the issue and contains links to the appropriate documents:

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U.S. Agency for International Development
Fact Sheet

World Wide Anti-Terrorism Certification
March 04, 2005

To provide USAID with assurances that it is not entering into assistance agreements with organizations that provide or have provided assistance to terrorists or for terrorist activity, USAID issued Acquisition and Assistance Policy Directive (AAPD) 02-19 on December 31, 2002, also known as the Anti-Terrorism Certification (ATC), requiring all USAID grantees to certify that they do not support terrorism.  Revised versions of the AAPD (04-07 and 04-14) were issued on March 24, 2004 and September 24, 2004 respectively.  The latest version (AAPD 04-14) is located at:

The Anti-Terrorism Certification is a worldwide USAID requirement.  Thousands of private, humanitarian organizations (i.e., non-governmental organizations or NGOs), working with USAID missions in more than 100 countries around the world, have signed the ATC and are implementing projects to bring much-needed development and humanitarian assistance to millions of people.

Several months after the Anti-Terrorism Certification requirement was issued, some NGOs raised concerns with USAID officials regarding the language of the certification.  After a review by the U.S. government, USAID issued revised versions of the Anti-Terrorism Certification on March 24, 2004 and September 24, 2004.  The revised versions base the definition of "terrorist act" primarily on United Nations conventions that reflect internationally accepted definitions.  The revisions provide additional guidance on what measures NGOs should take to comply with the certification's requirements.  AAPD-014 further clarifies that the certification applies to USAID grants and cooperative agreements to U.S. and non-U.S. non-governmental organizations worldwide.

Like all international donors, the U.S. government conditions its assistance on various management and policy considerations.  USAID has a number of conditions to which a grantee choosing to partner with USAID must agree.  (For example, a drug-free work place.)  An organization may choose not to partner with USAID for these or any number of reasons.

USAID values the robust strength of the NGO community and hopes to continue its partnership with interested organizations that comply with U.S. government requirements for funding.

The Anti-Terrorism Certification is on the Web at:

Press Inquiries: For additional information please contact USAID Washington, DC (202) 712-4320

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