Stories from UNODC - Eastern Africa
Basic Cybercrime Investigations and Digital Forensics Training Continues with Workshop in Kampala, Uganda
19 April 2016 - The UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime is delivering a three-day training workshop on Basic Cybercrime Investigations and Digital Forensics for law enforcement investigators and prosecutors from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in Kampala, Uganda.
The Deputy Director of the United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI), John Kisembo, opened the event with a statement in which he focused on the progress the region has made in combating cybercrime. In 2014, an initial meeting on regional cybercrime was conducted in Kampala, followed by a regional workshop in Nairobi last year, during which the Regional Cybercrime Criminal Justice Network was established. The Network consists of focal points for law enforcement agencies, prosecution services, judiciary and central authorities in order to facilitate informal and formal modes of cooperation in criminal matters involving cybercrime and electronic evidence. Read More
Addressing Mindsets at the Top of the Reform Agenda for Kenya's National Police Service
08 April 2016 - In March, UNODC launched an innovative approach to support reform of Kenya's National Police Service (NPS) by addressing the mindsets of individuals within the organization. The NPS reform agenda has been embraced by reform 'champions', 23 mid-to-senior ranking police officers who volunteered to lead the transformation process at the police station level.
The recent training session focused on an approach pioneered by George Pransky, a global leader in the human relations field. Pransky's 'Three Principles' method targets the individual mindsets rather than administrative structures. It is the first time that such a method has been applied in a comparable context, and with very promising early signs. This training has "inspired me to discover the potential I didn't know I possess", remarked one of the trainees. Read More
Global Programme on Cybercrime Kicks-Off Training for Tanzanian and Ethiopian Officials
15 March 2016 - The UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime delivered a three-day training workshop on Electronic Evidence and Cybercrime for judges and prosecutors from Tanzania and Ehtiopia in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Speaking at the opening of the event, the Permanent Secretary (Communications), Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication for the United Republic of Tanzania, Prof. Faustin Kamuzora, mentioned that cybercrime is one of the fastest growing types of transnational crime due to the growth of the internet and digitisation. Read More
UNODC Executive Director's Statement on World Wildlife Day, 3 March 2016
3 March 2016 - Wildlife and forest crime destroys diversity and hinders sustainable development on our planet. Billions of dollars in profit are made from this crime. In 2015, 1,175 rhinos were poached in South Africa, while Central Africa has now lost 64 per cent of its elephants in less than a decade.
The industrial scale of the killing, the heinous murder of park rangers, the seizures of shipments measured not in kilos, but tons, point to organized crime's involvement in these acts of unconscionable greed. Read More
Kilifi County Taking the Lead in Medically Assisted Therapy (MAT) with the First Anniversary of the Malindi MAT Clinic
1 March 2016 - Spirits were high during the Internaitonal Zero Discriminatin Day in Malindi as the Kilifi County stakeholders celebrated the first anniversary of the Medically Assisted Therapy (MAT) Programme. The Malindi MAT services were initiated in 2015 in the context of a national programme to prevent new HIV infections among People Who Inject Drugs (PWIDs). Read More
Foundation Stone Laid in Ceremony at Future Mogadishu Prison and Court Complex
18 February 2016 - The foundation stone for the future Mogadishu Prison and Court Complex (MPCC) was laid at a ceremony in the Somali capital today that spotlighted the construction of a state-of-the-art facility designed specifically to handle terrorism and other high-security cases.
The ceremony was attended by Somalia's Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, the Dutch ambassador to Somalia Frans Makken, senior UN officials and other Somali VIPs including the National Security Advisor, Commissioner of the Custodial Corps and Mayor of Mogadishu. The MPCC project is a key component of UNODC's Global Maritime Crime Programme, which was launched in 2009 to provide support for the trials of piracy suspects in East Africa. Read More