GICHUKI EDWIN MUGO
Phd student Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
CITATION: Mugo G.E. (2015) The role of money remittance companies on money laundering and channeling money for illegal activities in Kenya on the growth of financial sector in Kenya, International journal of Economics and Finance (IJEF), volume 1 (2), 78-99. ISSN 2105 6008.
Since September 11, 2001, U.S. counter-terror efforts to disrupt al Qaeda’s finances have been imprecise at best; at worst, they have had profound negative effects. The question of why hawala poses such a great threat and why there is a need for strict regulation or elimination of hawala has been the subject of great deliberation among policy makers and financial scholars since al Qaeda’s attack on New York and Washington, D.C. The purpose of this thesis is to understand the complexities of the hawala informal financial transfer system prevalent in the Middle East and assess its complicity with terrorist financing. To that end, this thesis examines whether the hawala system itself poses a significant terrorist threat to the United States as a medium for financial transactions for terrorist organizations. By conducting a detailed analysis of hawala in Afghanistan from 2001-2006, this thesis provides a framework to assess whether the hawala system poses a strategic threat in the U.S. led “war on terror.” Furthermore, by studying regulation attempts in Afghanistan, this thesis examines the cultural and economic effects of U.S. efforts on Muslims
Keywords: Hawala, terrorism, al Qaeda, war on terror, hawaladar, Afghanistan, informal finance, informal value transfer, Financial Action Task Force.