Every two weeks, we will be looking at corruption, illicit financial flows, gangs, the role of foreign corporations, the political economy of crime, and the enabling environment that has made Africa vulnerable to the growth of organized crime.

Drawing on the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime’s civil society observatories for North, South, East and West Africa to get a feel for how Organized Crime is impacting some of the world and the continent’s emergency trends and contemporary events.

You’ll hear from GI staff, international experts, civil society networks, partners, and from people working in illicit economies themselves. With more than 150 network members and contacts across the continent, this podcast will be an unparalleled look at the drivers of Africa’s illicit economy.

Episode 1 – Human Smuggling, Drug Trafficking & COVID-19 in North Africa & the Sahel

Episode 2 – Unintended Consequences: Charcoal, Wine and Dhows

Episode 3 – Licit Economy Smuggling in the Maghreb and Sahel

Episode 4 – Emerging Illicit Industries in the Wake of COVID-19

Episode 5 – Social Media and Irregular Migration from the Maghreb

Episode 6 – Arms Trafficking, Kidnappings and Donkey Skins

Episode 7 – Corruption and a coup in Mali

Episode 8 – Gangs in East and Southern Africa use lockdowns to target children for recruitment.

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