In general, we heard from many development and humanitarian aid NGOs that they experience the transfer of funds being denied or delayed. Sometimes it takes up to three months to get the transfer through. The recent example from a German NGO we received was that transfer of funds to a Somalian partner organisation has been delayed.
This happens quite regularly, particularly with specific countries. Usually fragile and high-risk countries in which the NGO and its partners work in humanitarian aid. Delay of transfer of funds delays project activities and endangers the project outcome. In crisis contexts life-saving goods might not be delivered on time, for example. Also personnel cannot be paid and partner organisations can get into financial troubles. Additionally, each attempt to transfer money, even if the bank denies it, costs the transferring NGO banking fees.
The reasons differ. In the Somalia example, the bank claimed not to recognize the recipient of the funds and suspected fraud. Therefore the bank stopped the transfer and notified the German NGO. Apparently this sometimes happens only based on the country of the recipient's bank account.
Yes, it was possible to confirm that the transfer was intended and the money was finally transferred.
VENRO (Association of German Development and Humanitarian Aid NGOs) (an umbrella body)