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Looking at Organized Crime and Rule of Law Across Africa

We work alongside USAID to understand and address organized crime in Africa

We have carried out much of this work in partnership with USAID’s Africa Bureau. We have a strong record of delivering quality analytical work on organized crime and rule of law in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere.

We have: 

  • Assessed the impact of organized crime on conflict in Niger focusing on regional smuggling networks and youth gangs;
  • Examined the economics of cocaine trafficking and maritime piracy in West Africa, and the socioeconomic impact of drug trafficking in South Africa;
  • Conducted a rapid political economy assessment of counterfeit pharmaceuticals in Benin and the hunting concession process in Tanzania; and
  • Developed a programming guide to counter drug trafficking and ameliorate its impacts, drawing from case studies on Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique and Sierra Leone.

On behalf of USAID’s Conflict Management and Mitigation Office, we also conducted a literature review and completed case studies in Nigeria, Guatemala and the Democratic Republic of the Congo that highlighted piracy and trafficking in persons, drugs, wildlife, natural resources and arms. This work culminated in a report entitled “Organized Crime, Conflict and Fragility: Assessing Relationships through a Review of USAID Programs”.

We are currently working with USAID to develop guidance on strengthening rule of law (ROL) approaches to address organized crime.

We are helping to organize a series of roundtables and white papers to better understand key dynamics between organized crime and ROL in the sub-Saharan African context, drawing on lessons from beyond the African region.