8 episodes

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.

Africa and the Global Illicit Economy Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

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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.

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

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

    While international media reported a decrease in gang activity during COVID19 lockdowns in Kenya and South Africa, GI research has uncovered that they have simply shifted strategy. This week’s episode covers a special report on how gangs are recruiting out of school youth in growing numbers and how they are used for illicit activities. 
    Presenter: Lindy Mtongana (https://twitter.com/lindymtongana?lang=en)
    Speakers
    Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (https://globalinitiative.net/experts/julia-stanyard/)
    Joyce Kimani (https://globalinitiative.net/experts/joyce-kimani/), Observatory Coordinator for East and Horn of Africa, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
    Rukshana Parker (https://globalinitiative.net/experts/rukshana-parker/), Analyst, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
    Reading: Risk Bulletin 11 (https://globalinitiative.net/esaobs-risk-bulletin-11/)
    Additional Links
    Cape Town gangs help feed poor devastated by lockdown (https://www.dw.com/en/cape-town-gangs-help-feed-poor-devastated-by-lockdown/av-53724531)
    South Africa’s strict pandemic response could give criminal gangs an unexpected boost (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/29/south-africas-strict-pandemic-response-could-give-criminal-gangs-an-unexpected-boost/)
    How school closures during COVID-19 further marginalize vulnerable children in Kenya (https://www.brookings.edu/blog/education-plus-development/2020/05/06/how-school-closures-during-covid-19-further-marginalize-vulnerable-children-in-kenya/)
    Producer: Alexandria Sahai-Williams

    • 27 min
    Corruption and a coup in Mali

    Corruption and a coup in Mali

    In this week’s episode of Africa and the Global Illicit Economy, we uncover how unchecked corruption and illicit industries fuelled the discontent that led to Mali’s recent coup.
    Presenter: Lindy Mtongana (https://twitter.com/lindymtongana?lang=en)
    Speakers:
    Dr Bréma Ely Dicko (https://twitter.com/dickobrema?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) - Malian sociologist and anthropologist, former head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Human Sciences of Bamako
    Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (https://globalinitiative.net/experts/peter-tinti/)
    Philip Obaji Jr (https://twitter.com/philipobaji?lang=en) - Journalist, activist, and founder of 1 GAME: Football without Violence initiative.
    Producer: Alexandria Sahai-Williams (https://twitter.com/sheabutterbae?lang=en-gb)
    Background
    Q&A: The military coup in Mali (https://www.iiss.org/blogs/analysis/2020/08/csdp-mali-coup)
    BBC: Mali coup: Thousands take to Bamako streets to celebrate (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-53868236)

    • 35 min
    Arms Trafficking, Kidnappings and Donkey Skins

    Arms Trafficking, Kidnappings and Donkey Skins

    In this week’s episode of Africa and the Global Illicit Economy, we take a look at current trends in organised crime in East and Southern Africa --- From the  illicit smuggling of arms and ammunition from Yemen to Somalia;  the worrying rise of high-profile kidnappings in Mozambique; and the possible emergence of an organised illicit trade in donkey skins from Kenya. 
    Presenter: Lindy Mtongana
    Speakers
    Estacio Valoi (https://twitter.com/estaciosvaloi?lang=en) - Investigative journalist based in Mozambique.
    Samantha Opere (https://twitter.com/samopere?lang=en) - Samantha Opere is a Veterinary Surgeon and Project Manager at  Kenya Network for Dissemination of Agricultural Technologies. 
    Jay Bahadur (https://twitter.com/PuntlandPirates?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) - author of The Pirates of Somalia and guest editor of the Global Initiative's East and Southern Africa Risk Bulletin.
    ESAOBS Risk Bulletin (https://globalinitiative.net/esaobs-risk-bulletin-10/)
    Producer: Alexandria Sahai-Williams

    • 24 min
    Social Media and Irregular Migration from Maghreb

    Social Media and Irregular Migration from Maghreb

    In this episode we explore push factors for surging levels of migration from the Maghreb in early 2020, and how Moroccan social media star, who goes by the name Zizou Vlogs,  is lending a new voice to the changing face of irregular migration.  
    Presenter: Lindy Mtongana (https://twitter.com/lindymtongana?lang=en)
    Guests:
    (https://twitter.com/drm2h?lang=en), Senior Ana­­­­lyst with the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
    (https://twitter.com/aityaakub), King's College London
    Producer: Alexandria Sahai-Williams
    Reading material
    Wired - On YouTube, vloggers are teaching people how to migrate illegally (https://www.wired.co.uk/article/youtube-migration-videos)
    Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (https://globalinitiative.net/)

    • 29 min
    Emerging Illicit Industries in the Wake of COVID-19

    Emerging Illicit Industries in the Wake of COVID-19

    This episode examines how bans and increased regulation in above ground industries under the stated intent of “stopping the spread of COVID-19” have led to new forms of illicit trade in Eastern and Southern Africa.
    In Somalia donations of personal and ventilators have been misappropriated for profit and a ban on Khat threatens to destabilize the lives of growers and sellers in Kenya.
    In South Africa a ban on tobacco is exposing the tobacco industries participation in the black market. 
    Presenter: Lindy Mtongana
    Guests
    Abdulaziz Billow Ali (https://twitter.com/AbdulBillowAli?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) - Journalist/TV Correspondent CGTN Africa
    Telita Snyckers (https://twitter.com/telitasnyckers?lang=en) - Illicit Trade Expert, former tax lawyer for the South African Revenue Services (SARS)
    Dalle Abraham (https://twitter.com/dalle22?lang=en) - Dalle Abraham is a writer based in Marsabit, Kenya.
    Jay Bahadur (https://twitter.com/puntlandpirates?lang=en) - Journalist and author
    Documents
    Risk Bulletin #9 (https://globalinitiative.net/esaobs-risk-bulletin-9/)
    Global Initiative
    Producer: Alexandria Sahai Williams

    • 33 min
    Licit Economy Smuggling in the Maghreb and Sahel

    Licit Economy Smuggling in the Maghreb and Sahel

    In this episode of Africa and the Global Illicit Economy we explore how licit economy smuggling has become the backbone of communities across the Maghreb and Sahel.
    This episode features discussions on how governments tolerate and manage the trade in contraband commodities, medicine smuggling from Tunisia into Libya and the importance of food smuggling to borderland communities.
    Presenter: Lindy Mtongana (twitter.com/lindymtongana?lang=en)
    Guests:
    Raouf Farrah (https://twitter.com/raouf_far?lang=en)
    Max Gallien (https://twitter.com/MaxGallien?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor)
    Jihane Ben Yahia (https://twitter.com/jihaneby?lang=en)
    Related material:
    Max Gallien 
    http://etheses.lse.ac.uk/4116/ (http://etheses.lse.ac.uk/4116/)
    https://carnegieendowment.org/sada/77053 (https://carnegieendowment.org/sada/77053)
    Jihane Ben Yahia
    https://enactafrica.org/research/research-papers/a-medical-emergency-trafficking-pharmaceuticals-from-tunisia-tolibya (https://enactafrica.org/research/research-papers/a-medical-emergency-trafficking-pharmaceuticals-from-tunisia-tolibya)
    Raouf Farrah
    https://globalinitiative.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/After_the_storm_GI-TOC.pdf (https://globalinitiative.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/After_the_storm_GI-TOC.pdf)


    Producer: Alexandria Sahai Williams

    • 31 min

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