38 episodes

Africa and the Global Illicit Economy brings you stories and investigations based on the extensive research networks at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.

We'll 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.

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Africa and the Global Illicit Economy brings you stories and investigations based on the extensive research networks at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.

We'll 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.

    Organized Crime Risk in South Africa

    Organized Crime Risk in South Africa

    Organized crime in South Africa threatens the economy, its people and the democratic institutions themselves.
    Every day we see a number of different and seemingly unconnected criminal incidents taking place - from assassinations to gang rapes in an illegal mining community; and from the violence of the taxi industry to organized cooper theft.
    But what lies behind all of these actions is a dark web, a criminal ecosystem driven by an increasingly violent South African underworld.
    In this episode Steph Musho talks to Julian Rademeyer, the Director of the East and Southern African Observatory at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime about a new and substantial report called 'Assessing South Africa's organized crime risk'.

    • 25 min
    The Gangs of Grassy Park

    The Gangs of Grassy Park

    The Cape Flats in South Africa is made up of 20 suburbs make up the Cape Flats; populated predominantly by black and coloured communities, a term used to describe those of mixed-heritage. Each suburb is marked by poverty, crime, drug abuse, gangsterism and violence.
    In this, Lindy Mtongana's final episode, she looks at the Grassy Park where a slew of recent killings has exposed the devastating consequences of territorial battles among the Cape’s most dangerous gangs.
    Presenter: Lindy Mtongana
    Guests:
    Julia Stanyard, Senior Analyst, Observatory for East and Southern Africa, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.
    Lyndsay Connelly, a community organiser in Grassy Park.
    Additional Links:
    Civil Society Observatory of Illicit Economies in Eastern and Southern Africa - Risk Bulletin - Issue 25
    The Global Organized Crime Index - South Africa
    Global Assassination Monitor
    Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

    • 15 min
    Kenya Elections and Gangs

    Kenya Elections and Gangs

    Millions of Kenyans have cast their votes in the countries 12th General Election, labelled the most competitive election in the history of Kenya.
    But as Kenya’s history has shown - the more fierce the political contest, the higher the risk of election-related violence, often carried out by gangs and militias at the behest of politicians, with the aim of influencing the outcome of an election.
    In this episode Lindy will explore the role organised criminal gangs play in determining political outcomes.
    Presenter: Lindy Mtongana
    Guests:
    Ken Opala, Field Network Coordinator for East and Southern Africa, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
    Gregory Ochieng Onyango - a Kenyan activist and an artist.
    Esther Njeri Kimani is the CEO of Art4Rights Kenya - a community based organisation in Nakuru that uses art to advocate for human rights.
    Additional Links:
    Resilience Dialogue - Safeguarding Kenyan elections from criminal interference is urgent
    (Paper) The Politics of Crime: Kenya's gang phenomenon
    GI-TOC Resilience Fund
    The Global Organized Crime Index - Kenya Profile
    Global Assassination Monitor
    Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

    • 16 min
    Political Assassinations in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

    Political Assassinations in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

    In this episode Lindy delves into the murky world of political assassinations in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Where, according to the GI-TOC's assassination monitor data, for three of the last six years, political assassinations were higher than all other South African provinces combined.
    Presenter: Lindy Mtongana
    Speaker(s):
    Greg Arde, Journalist and Author of War Party: How the ANC’s political killings are breaking South Africa
    Chwayita Thobela, Analyst, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
    Thapelo Mohale, a shack dweller, and the secretary general of Abahlali baseMjondolo.
    Additional Reading:
    Eastern and Southern Africa Observatory - Risk Bulletin
    The rule of the gun: Hits and assassinations in South Africa, 2000-2017
    Give Us More Guns: How South Africa’s gangs were armed
    Gun licenses for sale: South Africa's failing firearms control
    Murder by Contract: Targeted killings in eastern and southern Africa
    The Global Organized Crime Index - South Africa Profile
    Global Assassination Monitor
    Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

    • 18 min
    Cattle Rustling in Mali

    Cattle Rustling in Mali

    In this episode Lindy explores the world of cattle rustling in Mali, an act that has existed for centuries. But cattle rustling has evolved into a highly organized form of criminality involving Islamists and bandits, forcing farmers to arm themselves to protect themselves and their herds.
    Presenter: Lindy Mtongana
    Speaker: Deo Gumba, Civil Society Coordinator for the West Africa Observatory, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
    Additional Reading:
    West Africa and the Sahel Observatory - Risk Bulletin
    West Africa and the Sahel Observatory
    Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

    • 21 min
    Drugs and Development Hub Regional Conversation

    Drugs and Development Hub Regional Conversation

    The Drugs and Development Hub is an initiative that brings together researchers, academics, policymakers and people affected by drug economies to discuss new approaches to drug policy. The ultimate goal is to shift mindsets towards more socially conscious and public-health oriented approach.
    This is the second episode covering the DDH. In this podcast Lindy sits down with a range of regional experts to discuss the issues.
    Drugs and Development Hub Twitter
    Presenter: Lindy Mtongana
    Speakers:
    Deborah Alimi, Independent Researcher on Drug Policy at Sorbonne University;
    Chinwike Okerere, the Founder and CEO of the African Law Foundation in Nigeria
    Maria-Goretti Ane, International Drug Policy Consortium in Accra, Ghana.
    Monique Marks, the Head of the Urban Futures Centre at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa.
    Additional Reading:
    A Synthetic Age: The Evolution of Methamphetamine Markets in Eastern and Southern Africa
    Drug markets in eastern and southern Africa: An overview of the current illicit drug economies and recent developments, drawing from the Global Initiative's ongoing studies in the country.
    A Shallow Flood: The Diffusion of Heroin in Eastern and Southern Africa
    A rising tide: Trends in production, trafficking and consumption of drugs in North Africa
    West Africa's Cocaine Corridor: Building a subregional response
    Global Organized Crime Index

    • 30 min

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