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What is Proliferation Finance (PF)?

Proliferation finance refers to the financing of activities related to the development, production, or acquisition of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) or their delivery systems. This can include activities such as the development of nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons, as well as the development of delivery systems such as missiles or drones.

Proliferation finance can take many forms, including the transfer of funds or other financial assets, the provision of technical assistance or expertise, and the provision of material resources such as equipment or raw materials. It can be conducted through a variety of channels, including banks, financial institutions, and other intermediaries, and it can be carried out by state actors, non-state actors, or a combination of both.

Proliferation finance is a major concern for governments and international organizations because WMDs pose a significant threat to global security and stability. The development and proliferation of these weapons can lead to increased tensions and conflicts, and they can be used to threaten or attack other countries or groups. As a result, governments and international organizations work to prevent proliferation finance and disrupt the financing networks that support the development of WMDs. This can include measures such as sanctions, asset freezes, and other financial measures.

This page was last updated on January 3, 2023.