Based in Dakar, the Regional Office for West and Central Africa covers 22 countries (15 in West Africa and 7 in Central Africa), where French, English, Portuguese and Spanish are spoken.

The Office response to the challenges presented by the region, and to the call for support from ECOWAS has been to design a crosscutting, multilateral strategy based on the principle of shared responsibility, where peace‐building, security sector reform, national institution building, and capacity building efforts would be implemented in the most effective manner with a view to contribute to the creation of an environment prone to socioeconomic development to the benefit of the people in West Africa. This is the UNODC Regional Programme for West Africa, 2010‐13.

The overall objective of the Regional Programme is to contribute to and support the efforts of West African States, as well as those of regional organizations and the civil society, to respond to evolving human security threats and to promote the rule of law and good governance.

In doing so, the Regional Programme sets objectives for the entire region, but whose achievement will be sought at both national and regional levels, through so‐called National Integrated Programmes and Sub‐Programmes respectively. The national and regional responses are mutually reinforcing, the former providing the building blocks for the latter, while an effective response at regional level allows tackling transnational issues and providing security to all countries. National Integrated Programmes (NIP) against drug trafficking and organized crime are governmental development frameworks elaborated with support from UNODC through an inclusive and participative approach. They intend to address all thematic areas covered by the Regional Programme.

In this regard, the approach adopted by the Regional Programme for West Africa is divided into four Sub‐Programmes on: Organized Crime, Illicit Trafficking and Terrorism; Justice and Integrity, Drug Prevention and Health, and Awareness and Research. These priority areas of intervention are in line with the strategy documents approved by the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government. This ensures that ownership is fostered and maintained from the onset. The Regional Programme addresses all 16 countries covered by the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN): Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea‐Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

UNODC is represented in the region by the Regional Office for West Africa located in Dakar, a Country Office in Nigeria, as well as a network of Programme and Project Offices in other countries in the region. This UNODC presence in the region ensures that sufficient expertise and capacity is in place to drive forward the Regional Programme and respond to national priorities throughout West Africa.

UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (Senegal)
5, rue Carde, Immeuble CSS, 2 nd floor. PO Box 455, Dakar, Senegal
Tel : (+221) 33 859 - 9696  Fax : (+221) 33 859 - 9650. Email :

UNODC Programme Office in Cape Verde
Office of UN Funds and Programmes
Av OUA, Achada de Santo Antonio, Praia, Santiago, Cape Verde
Tel.: (+238) 260 9641/44  Fax: (+238) 262 1494

UNODC Programme Office in Guinea Bissau
UN Building, Rui Djassi Street, 1011   CP 179 Bissau
Tel: (+245) 201098  Ext 226

UNODC Programme Office in Mali
Office of UN Resident Coordinator in Mali
B.P. 102 Bamako, Mali