Stories from UNODC Southern Africa


Combating Trafficking in Persons, Smuggling of Migrants in the Kingdom of eSwatini

Matsapha, 6-8 June 2022 – UNODC ROSAF in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Justice in the Kingdom of eSwatini convened a Judicial colloquium on combating trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants in the kingdom of eSwatini, which is part of UNODC ROSAF priorities in the SADC Region in enhancing the capacity of Judicial Officers in the response to human trafficking using victim centred approaches.


90 victims of human trafficking rescued at refugee camp in Malawi; five arrests made

UNODC expert fears that “this is just the beginning.”

Lilongwe, (Malawi), May 2022 - The widespread exploitation of men, women, and children at a refugee camp in Malawi has been uncovered by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Malawian Police Service.


UNODC and Southern Africa regional partners join forces to address terrorism and violent extremism

Lilongwe (Malawi), 25 May 2022 – Over the last several years, the threat of terrorism has been looming ever larger over Southern Africa. Terrorist groups, once local dangers, have become increasingly global and less centralized, using social media, foreign fighters, and illicit trafficking to support and carry out their acts of terror.

UNODC supports the launch of Malawi’s five-year Homeland Security Strategic Plan

Lilongwe 23/03/2022: The Government of Malawi and UNODC have joined forces to address the challenges of criminality and security facing the country, with UNODC supporting the Malawian Minister of Homeland Security to launch its five-year Strategic Security Plan.

Transforming societies through anti-corruption innovation: Strengthening public procurement and whistle-blower protection in Southern Africa

11 February 2022 – From bribery and trading in influence to abuse of functions and embezzlement, corruption takes many different forms. While an age-old issue, it is the ever-increasing complexity of the crime, coupled with the impact seen during times of crisis such as during COVID-19, which makes it even more concerning.



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