Stories from UNODC Southern Africa

International Women's Day - South Africa: Are we doing enough to end violence against women?


According to a 2013 global review by the World Health Organization, 35 % of women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence on non-partner sexual violence. It is estimated that one in five girls has been abused in childhood with estimates from some countries as high as one in three. Read more...

Terrorism Financing and the Recruitment of Foreign Terrorist Fighters Workshop

A call for stronger anti-corruption actions in South Africa. Photo: UNODC  

According to the UN Security Council, terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaida, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Da'esh) and associated groups have attracted over 30,000 Foreign Terrorist Fighters from over 100 Member States. Increasingly, terrorist groups are working to radicalize individuals and incite them to leave their homes to become foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs).   [Read More]

UNODC Hands over Trafficking in Persons Data Collection Equipment to Lesotho

A call for stronger anti-corruption actions in South Africa. Photo: UNODC  

7 February 2017.  Maseru.  UNODC handed over equipment to the Lesotho Ministry of Home Affairs, to enhance the country's data collection capacities on trafficking in persons. [Read More]

The country we would like to live in: A call for stronger anti-corruption actions in South Africa

A call for stronger anti-corruption actions in South Africa. Photo: UNODC  

This year, the  International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) was celebrated in South Africa under the national slogan "In Partnership towards a National Anti-Corruption Strategy". On the International Day, a meeting was organized to officially launch the broad national consultations on the discussion document for the development of a new Anti-Corruption Strategy.  [Read More]

Wildlife Crime: Following the money to combat a regional scourge

Wildlife Crime: Following the money to combat a regional scourge. Image: UNODC  

Southern African countries are being challenged by increased wildlife crime levels. Organised syndicates, mainly from South-East Asian countries working together with local counterparts have established highly organised routes to traffic wildlife products to South-East Asia.   [Read More]

Zimbabwe Launches the Trafficking in Persons National Plan of Action and adopts the Blue Heart Campaign


The Government of Zimbabwe launched its Trafficking in Person National Plan of Action (hereafter "NAPLAC") and adopted the Blue Heart Campaign on the occasion of the commemoration of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons in the capital, Harare.  UNODC, working in partnership with the SADC Secretariat and IOM provided technical assistance to the government of Zimbabwe in the development of the NAPLAC. [Read More] 

Contemporary Issues in the Prevention of Organised Crime - SACJF 2016


From 22 - 25 September 2016 and as a follow-up to the July 2015 Regional Judiciary Retreat held in Swakopmund, Namibia, the Southern African Chief Justices Forum (SACJF) returned to Namibia to hold the 2016 Annual Conference and General Meeting under the theme of "Contemporary Issues in the Prevention of Organised Crime". [Read More] 

Southern Africa: A regional response to smuggling of migrants

Regional Programme Steering Committe  

UNODC and the Secretariat of the Southern Africa Development Community partnered in organizing the first ever regional meeting to discuss the challenge that the Region faces in addressing a growing problem of Smuggling of Migrants. [Read More]

UNODC Breaking new Ground in Madagascar


Antananarivo, Madagascar - In the first ever visit to Madagascar, SAMIFIN (Madagascar Financial Investigation Unit) hosted members from the UNODC's Asset Recovery Inter- Agency Network for Southern Africa (ARINSA) Secretariat for meetings and discussions designed to forge new partnerships between ARINSA and Madagascar. [Read More]

Steering Committee reviews Regional Programme implementation

Regional Programme Steering Committe  

Representatives from Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, SADC Secretariat and UNODC ROSAF came together on 23 November 2015 at the Headquarters of SADC to discuss the progress made in cooperation under the Regional Programme for "Making the Southern African Region Safer from Drugs and Crime". [Read more]

Swaziland launches Victim Identification Guidelines and Referral Mechanism for assisting Victims of Human Trafficking


Swaziland, like other Member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), is a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking. Women and children from Mozambique, South Africa, Nigeria and Asia have been trafficked to and across Swaziland for sexual exploitation, domestic servitude and, labour exploitation on the farms, as street vendors, in car-wash businesses and on construction sites. [Read more]

ARINSA: Follow the Money 5th Annual General Meeting 2016


The UN General Assembly, at its Thirteenth Special Session devoted to the World Drug Problem, highlighted the need "to strengthen and utilize existing and relevant regional, as appropriate, sub-regional and international networks for the exchange of the operational information to prevent and counter money-laundering, illicit financial flows and terrorist financing" (the UN GA resolution A/RES/S-30/1 adopted on 19 April 2016). [ Read More]

UNODC and SADC Secretariat discuss Joint Regional Programme implementation


On July 28, 2015, the UNODC Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSAF) held a meeting with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat to discuss the progress made under the joint Regional Programme "Making the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region Safer from Crime and Drugs". [Read more]

Namibia secures first conviction for trafficking in persons

  In August 2015, the Windhoek High Court handed down the country's first conviction under the national Prevention of Organised Crime Act, which made trafficking in persons a criminal offence in its own right.  [Read more]

Botswana Joins International Efforts to Curb Trafficking in Persons

  Palapye, Botswana - On July 30, 2015, UNODC joined the Government of Botswana, the European Union Delegation and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat in commemorating World Day against Trafficking in Persons.  [Read more]

Lesotho hosts UNODC Regional Expert Group Meeting on HIV Prevention and Condom Programming in Prisons

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services - Lesotho   Maseru, Lesotho - From 23-25 June 2015 the Lesotho Correctional Service hosted experts and practitioners from 12 Southern African countries convened by UNODC to discuss the practical implementation of HIV prevention services in prison settings. [Read more]

UNODC Regional Representative meets SADC Executive Secretary on cooperation against crime and drugs

  Gaborone, Botswana - Newly appointed UNDOC Regional Representative, Ms. Zhuldyz Akisheva, met Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, the Executive Secretary of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) on 12 May 2015 at the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana. [Read more]

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UNODC Southern Africa Mandate

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs, transnational organized crime, terrorism and corruption. In working on these issues, UNODC is the guardian of most of the related conventions, namely:

  • The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its three protocols (against trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in firearms)
  • The United Nations Convention against Corruption
  • The international drug control conventions

UNODC was established in 1997 as a result of the merging of the United Nations Centre for International Crime Prevention and the United Nations International Drug Control Programme. It was established by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to enable the Organization to focus and enhance its capacity to address the interrelated issues of drug control, crime and international terrorism in all its forms.

In the same year, UNODC Southern Africa was formed and now covers 11 countries in the region, namely: Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The funding of UNODC's programmes is fully dependent on the continued support of the donor community.

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