Private Voluntary Organisations Bill, 2022 Model Bill

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This Bill will replace the Private Voluntary Organisations Act [Chapter 17:05] with a new Act which will give effect to freedoms of association and expression, guaranteed by sections 58 and 61 of the Constitution, while at the same time ensuring that money collected from the public for charitable and similar purposes is not stolen or used for different purposes, as well as safeguarding private voluntary associations from being used as fronts for money laundering, financing of terrorism and similar serious crimes.

In broad outline, the Bill will require only two types of private voluntary organisations to register:

those that solicit donations from the public, and

those that are identified, after careful assessment, as vulnerable to being used for money laundering, terrorist financing or other serious crimes.