UNODC in Eastern Africa

The UNODC Regional Office in Eastern Africa (ROEA) was established in 1988 and is located in the complex of United Nations Office at Nairobi, Kenya.

We cover thirteen countries:
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Stories from UNODC

Human trafficking: organized crime and the multibillion dollar sale of people

The exploitation of human beings is a highly lucrative business for organized criminal groups. As a new UNODC campaign launched this week highlights, it is an illicit market which affects millions of victims worldwide every year. With traffickers making an estimated $32 billion annually, human trafficking is one of the world's most shameful crimes and one which robs people of their dignity and basic rights.

Developed to raise awareness around transnational organized crime, the campaign highlights some of the key threats being faced today - with human trafficking one of the leading concerns. The campaign, which can be seen on, includes a new video which is being rolled out online ( and through international broadcasters and illustrates the key financial and social costs of this international issue.

Youth at CND 2012 - Youth Initiative on Drug Abuse Prevention


Young people attending the Youth Side-Event on Drugs Abuse Prevention ion the company of Yuri Fedotov, UN Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UNODC.

UNODC ROEA sponsored for four participants.




Maritime Crime Programme Bulletin - March 2014 Issue 

The UNODC Maritime Crime Programme bulletin for March 2014 is available here. Read more about the Maritime Crime Programme, including its counter-piracy activities  here .

Launch of Joint UNODC and DPP Report: Towards Professionalized Prosecution Services in Kenya

On 25 and 26 March 2011, the UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA), in cooperation with the Office of the Attorney General and Directorate of Public Prosecutions, held a validation workshop at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, to launch the report. The purpose of the workshop was to examine the survey report and agree how to make implementations in accordance with the report's findings. For more information, click here.

UNODC and INTERPOL conduct Successful Police Training in Seychelles

Law enforcement officers from the Seychelles and Mauritius gained more expertise to investigate major crimes including maritime piracy after a comprehensive training course conducted by the UNODC in partnership with INTERPOL in the Seychelles in February. For more information, click here.

Regional Meeting on Transnational Organized Crime Units (TOCUs)

Between 30 November and 1 December 2010, UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA), in collaboration with INTERPOL and the Secretariat of the Eastern African Police Chiefs Organisation (EAPCCO), held a Regional Meeting of Heads of Police on the Establishment of Transnational Organized Crime Units (TOCUs) in Nairobi, Kenya. ( Read more )

2010 Judges' Colloquium, Mombasa (Kenya)

Between 8 and 15 August 2010, the UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA), in cooperation with the Kenya Judicial Training Institute (JTI) and the German Organization for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), co-organized and sponsored the 2010 Judges' Colloquium in Mombasa, Kenya.( Read more)

Regional meeting to discuss rule of law and human security

Photo:UNODC23 November 2009 - UNODC Eastern Africa has organized a regional ministerial meeting on 23-24 November with experts and Ministers from all thirteen countries in the region to discuss and endorse a new 2009-2012 programme that will address environmental crime, corruption, terrorism, human trafficking, prison reform, piracy, HIV and AIDS and judicial reform throughout Eastern Africa. (Read more)