Within the framework of the UN Development Account project 06/07R Collection and analysis of data and trends on drugs, crime, and victimization in Africa, UNODC organised a workshop titled Joint UNECA-UNODC Workshop on Crime Statistics. The meeting was held on 9-12 December 2008 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and was attended by participants from 21 African countries France, USA, UNODC, UNECA, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI).
The objectives of the workshop were as follows:
1. Discuss recent victim surveys carried out in African countries with the aim of sharing experience with other countries willing to start their own surveys;
2. Deal with administrative statistics, aiming at sharing good practices and building capacity;
3. Discuss issues of coordination, needs and priorities of countries and the possibility of establishing national focal points for crime statistics;
4. Strengthen international cooperation and reporting to the UN on crime statistics through the UN Survey of Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (CTS).
Participants approved the final recommendations which can be gathered into three main decisions:
1. Development of an African framework of Crime and Criminal Justice Statistics to put existing international standards/guidelines into the African context and support countries in their efforts to strengthen their capacity to produce and disseminate crime and criminal justice statistics
2. Improve the coordination of the production and dissemination of crime and criminal justice statistics at national level
3. Support the regular implementation of crime-related surveys in African countries
Group photo of participants