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 Maghreb

Episode 6 - Arms Trafficking, Kidnappings and Donkey Skins

Episode 7 - Corruption and a coup in Mali

Episode 8 - How have Gangs in South Africa and Kenya used COVID 19 to recruit children?

Episode 9 - Three Men, a Boat and US Sanctions

Episode 10 - Police Assassinations in South Africa & Cheetah Smuggling in Somaliland

Episode 11 - Security Sector Reform and Organized Crime in Libya

Episode 12 - Afghan Meth and Illicit Gold Mining

Episode 13 - Changing Trafficking Dynamics in North Africa and the Sahel

Episode 14 - Political Elites and Gangs in Kenya

Episode 15 - Shifting dynamics: Migration Trends Across the Mediterranean

Episode 16 - Violence in Nelson Mandela Bay, Ernie Solomon’s Assassination and Illicit Mining in Zimbabwe

Episode 17 - Tunisia: Political Unrest and the Illicit Economy

Episode 18 - Meth and Guns in South Africa, and Crime at Nairobi’s Dandora Dumpsite

Episode 19 - The Future of Libya Under Dabaiba

Episode 20 - The Evolution of Meth Markets in Eastern and Southern Africa

Episode 21 - Cabo Delgado: Africa's Forgotten Insurgency

Episode 22 - Introducting: Too Many Enemies

Episode 23 - The death of Déby

Episode 24 - Fishy Business

Episode 25 - How to silence guns: Southern Africa's illegal firearms markets

Episode 26 - The Kuluna Gangs of Kinshasa

Episode 27 - Cheetahs

Episode 28 - Africa Index on Organized Crime

Episode 29 - African Drug Markets and Alternative Development

Episode 30 - Abalone: The Trafficked South African Sea Snail

Episode 31 - Illicit Markets and Insurgency in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

Episode 32 - The "Young Tycoon" and Fake Gold Scams in East Africa

Episode 33 - Drugs and Development Hub Regional Conversation

Episode 34 - Cattle Rustling in Mali

Episode 35 - Political Assassinations in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa