Legal aid key in strengthening rule of law in the Sahel region

Recently, officials from countries in the Sahel region - Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and Senegal - as well as from Algeria and Morocco, met at Bamako, Mali, on 2-4 September 2014 to agree on the steps needed to improve the access to legal aid in their criminal justice systems. The workshop was implemented as part of UNODC's Sahel Programme, developed in response to a surge in organized crime in the region, and now active all over the Sahel in the areas of terrorism prevention, criminal justice, border management and arms trafficking. Read More  

Liberia commits for the West Africa Coast Initiative (WACI)

The government of Liberia made official its commitment for the implementation of the West Africa Coast initiative (WACI) as Minister of Justice, Dr. Christiana TAH signed an agreement with the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on the establishment of a Liberian Transnational Crime Unit (TCU) which will bring together up to 60 Liberian law enforcement and security experts from the Liberian National Police (LNP), the National Security Agency (NSA), Customs, Immigration (BIN), and all other Liberian law enforcement agencies  into one highly specialized unit which will be structured, equipped and trained to be able to give a robust response to the severe threats posed by international organized crime and drug trafficking cartels to Liberia.  Read more

UNODC establishes airport south-south intelligence to fight drug trafficking between West Africa and Latin America

UNODC regional in Dakar joined hands with the World Customs Organization (WCO) and Interpol as a project to improve communication between police and airports in seven West African countries and Brazil to crack down on drug trafficking has been launched in Dakar (Senegal) the western most point of the African continent.  Read more

UNODC reinforce capacity for actors of traditional justice

UNODC program office in Nouakchott contributes to access to justice by building the capacities of Mouslihs (traditional mediators in remote area of Mauritania in the western part of the Sahel, where the formal justice system is totally absent.  Read more

Police officers in Guinea Bissau now have access to the country's first Computer Based Training (CBT) Centre.

Police officers in Guinea Bissau now have access to the country's first Computer Based Training (CBT) Centre, consisting of 10 networked computers. CBT is a powerful tool to train a large amount of officers in basic law enforcement techniques. The system comprises standardised training courses adapted to local realities and context, offering the chance to learn through an interactive, problem-solving approach. CBT provides for individual training that allows users to learn at their own pace, while ensuring the highest possible training standard. CBT modules have been developed by global experts in the different areas of law enforcement. The CBT centres are fully administered by local authorities and therefore sustainable investments.  Read more

West Africa commits for implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption and validates a regional action plans a regional

Senegal and neighbours aknowledge that corruption poses a major threat to economic growth, effective governance and national industrial and social development. West Africa as a whole is particularly affected in this regard. In order to consolidate a joint response to corruption in the region. UNODC advocating for less corruption in the sub-region joined representatives from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union, government officials, ambassadors, United Nations officials and civil society members to discuss the development of a regional workplan that will help West African anti-corruption agencies to become more effective and to discuss the adoption and implementation of the United Nations Convention against CorruptionRead more