Drug Trafficking

DRUG TRAFFICKING The Global Initiative seeks to contribute to the global debate on responses to drug trafficking by studying the impact of drug trafficking both at the level of emerging global trends, as well as at the local level and its interactions with community dynamics in key zones of fragility. […]

Environmental Crime

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME Organized environmental crime is known to pose a multi-layered threat to human security, yet it has long been treated as a low priority by law enforcers. […]

Human Trafficking

HUMAN TRAFFICKING At any given time, an estimated 2.4 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery. The forms of human trafficking are many and varied, with women, children and men enslaved in forced labour and domestic servitude, sexually exploited, kidnapped and used to fuel the illegal organ trade. […]

Governmental Development, Fragility & Stability

GOVERNMENT, DEVELOPMENT & STATE FRAGITY In many parts of the world, organized crime undermines state institutions across sectors, including for example, in the areas of environment, health, welfare and education, and further weakens state capacity to ensure the rule of law and provide security to citizens. […]


CYBERCRIME The growth in the use of cyberspace, both in terms of user numbers and in global strategic importance (over 1.5 billion Internet users are recorded in 233 countries), has created new opportunities. […]

Illicit financial flows

ILLICIT FINANCIAL FLOWS Financial crimes, without the compelling human story, are often neglected in the consideration of organized crime. However, this oversight is considerable, for financial crimes make up by far the largest and most lucrative share of organized crime activity. […]


MARITIME PIRACY Over the last 20 years, maritime piracy has spiked dramatically, driven in part by an increase in global shipping, but also due to structural conditions on land that has driven a growth in criminality. […]

Small Arms Trafficking

SMALL ARMS TRAFFICKING Small arms proliferation plays a pivotal role in creating environments rife with insecurity and conflict, and are directly responsible for some of the greatest damage to human security by exacerbating the violence associated with control of criminal violence.


In order to add value to these existing processes, the Global Initiative recognizes the need to:

  • Compliment not duplicate existing initiatives
  • Focus on impact and solutions that do more than simply assessing or restating the problem
  • Strive for innovative thinking by bringing together a range of stakeholders, moving the debate into new sectors, and providing a forum for dialogue for actors from diverse networks; and
  • Provide tangible support to national and regional actors so that impact is felt at the front lines.

Strategy development will be underpinned by a cutting-edge evidence base of analysis with recommendations for action that draw upon the diverse experience and expertise of The Network.

Organized Crime manifests itself in a myriad ways.  It is constantly evolving, innovative, seeking new routes and new markets.

While the Global Initiative works across eight major organized crime categories, our approach remains primarily one of drawing from the collective expertise of our Global Initiative Network; providing a forum for debate across multiple sectors; making available information as to the nature and impact of organized crime; and designing cross-sectoral responses to the challenge.