Across West Africa, illicit economies flourish in areas affected by instability, and enable conflicts to start and endure. Local communities are key to dealing with the impact of organised crime in conflict settings, but knowledge of how to build resilience is limited. New research in Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau and Burkina Faso starts to address this gap.
This event launches the first research report under Component IV of the OCWAR-T project coordinated by the GIZ and financed by the European Union and German Federal Foreign Office. The project is implemented in close coordination with ECOWAS by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.
Presenters will speak in English, French and Portuguese, and simultaneous interpretation will be provided.
Moderator: Siria Gastelum Felix, Director of Resilience, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
Opening remarks: TBC
Yvon Dandurand, Professor Emeritus, Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of the Fraser Valley, BC, Canada
Oumar Zombre, Senior Freelance Journalist, Burkina Faso
Pedro Djassi, Guinea-Bissau Analyst, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
Kingsley Madueke, Nigeria Research Coordinator, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
Lucia Bird, Director, West Africa Observatory, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
This event is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. The ISS is grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.