Understanding and Responding to the Impact of Organized Crime and Trafficking on Governance in West Africa

April 18-20 2012
Dakar, Senegal

On April 18-20 2012, The Center on International Cooperation partnered with the Kofi Annan Foundation, ECOWAS (GIABA) and the Accra-based International Peacekeeping Training Center to host a 3-day workshop on the impact of drug-trafficking and organized crime on governance, development and security in West Africa. The objective of the seminar was to:

  • garner a better understanding of the growing influence of drug trafficking and organized crime on governance, security and development in West Africa; and identify gaps in knowledge;
  • assess the effectiveness and/or shortcomings of different policy and operational responses currently being implemented by different actors in relation to identified and emerging challenges;
  • identify potential entry points and key components of a renewed strategy to address the problems identified.

Participants included some 50 representatives from national governments, intergovernmental organizations, the private sector, academia, the media, non-governmental and civil society organizations from West Africa, southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and North America.

The seminar built on an earlier inter-regional dialogue organized by NYU's Center on International Cooperation in Lima, Peru in 2011 in conjunction with International IDEA and the Netherlands Institute for Multi-Party Democracy (NIMD) which assessed the links between organized crime and political/state actors.

Seminar Materials

Background Paper in English

Background Paper in French

Background Paper in Portuguese 

Final Report in English

Final Report in French

Final Report in Portuguese 

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