Results

The UNODC Contribution to the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS) began the implementation of its activities in January 2014, with a particular focus on terrorism prevention, anti-corruption, border management and improving judicial systems and law enforcement agencies to promote peace and stability in Sahel countries. With 339 activities implemented as of June 2017, UNODC has reached more than 9,000 direct beneficiaries and generated concrete results across the region.

Results:

  • In 2016, Malian authorities discovered a human trafficking network in a remote mining area north of the capital city of Bamako, following UNODC training. Some 30 foreign girls, including minors, were forced into prostitution more than ten times a day to pay off the debts they accumulated towards their pimps.  Find out more about TIP/SOM
  • In January 2017, Burkinabe legislators passed another law to create and institutionalize a specialized judicial unit to strengthen the fight against terrorism and its financing, following the provision of UNODC legal expertise and training. A number of Burkinabe justice officials are now specialized in the treatment of terrorism-related offenses. UNODC experts provided support to Burkinabe legislators in analyzing the draft laws and ensuring their compliance with international conventions.  Find out more
  • In late October 2016, Malian authorities arrested the kingpin behind an international drug trafficking network operating in Mali. This dismantlement follows the unprecedented seizure of 2.7 tons of cannabis seized in Bamako in May 2015. The arrest was made possible through cooperation and information exchange between law enforcement agencies in the region, which UNODC and the MINUSMA have facilitated. Since 2015, UNODC has constantly provided Mali's OCS, police and gendarmerie with trainings.  Find out more
  • Chad has established an anti-terrorist coordination cell regrouping law enforcement agencies and magistrates to facilitate the sharing of tactical information through the use of a secure database. The creation of the cell followed technical assistance provided by UNODC to enhance cooperation within the criminal justice system. Subsequently, UNODC and Chadian authorities developed a three-year national programme (2016-2018) to strengthen rule of law-based and human rights compliant criminal justice responses against terrorism.  Find out more
  • The G5 has established a Security Cooperation Platform with support of UNODC. Following the refurbishment and delivery of equipment to the Platform's national units, UNODC experts have provided specialized training to PCMS staff to strengthen their capacity to counter terrorism and transnational organized crime.  Find out more
  • Mauritania passed a law allowing better access to legal aid for its citizens in September 2015. UNODC provided support to Mauritanian authorities during the development of this legislation, ensuring that the law aligns with UN standards and norms for legal aid.  Find out more
  • With the support of UNODC, Mauritania adopted a law on legal aid in September 2015. Mauritania is now the fourth country in the Sahel to have such legislation in place. Find out more
  • The struggle against violent extremist groups in Mali and Nigeria resulted in the arrest of several members accused or s uspected of being affiliated with these groups, currently held in prisons in Niger. To address these challenges, UNODC organized a workshop on « dynamic security » in prisons. The heads of penitentiary institutions in Niger integrate the concept of « dynamic security », by adopting mesures to to ensure the external and internal security of the jails.  Find out more
  • UNODC facilitated the investigation of 45 cases involving 117 individuals - including 28 children - detained for alleged terrorism-related offenses in the region of Diffa, some 1,300 km from Niger's capital city of Niamey.  Find out more
  • UNODC provided marking equipment related registration software for state owned civilian firearms to Burkina Faso and Mali, resulting in more than 13,500 firearms marked in both countries since 2015. This allowed the burkinabé police to identify and locate a firearm from Burkina Faso's weapon stock within a terrorist group operating in the Sahelian zone of Mali.  Find out more
  • UNODC helped establishing the Norbert Zongo Cell for Investigative Journalism in West Africa (CENOZO). In order to promote transparancy and enhance the capacities of investigative journalists, UNODC has organized a training workshop on "International investigative journalism in the Sahel region".  Find out more
 

Sahel Programme activities are made possible thanks to contributions from the governments of:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Norway
  • The Netherlands
  • Spain
  • The United States

Additional Information

UNODC Sahel Programme Progress Report June 2017 - (New!) ( French )

UNODC Sahel Programme Progress Report January 2016 ( French )

UNODC Sahel Programme Progress Report April 2015

The United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel

UNODC Contribution to the UN Sahel Strategy ( French ; Arabic )