Sahelian states act against terrorism, corruption, human trafficking and migrant smuggling

This activity was funded by Denmark and Germany

The nexus between terrorism and organized crime is of crucial importance for both national and human security, as outlined UN Security Council Resolutions 2195 (2014) and 2349 (2017). In the Sahel, these links seem to be intensified by rampant corruption. Moreover, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants represent lucrative opportunities for armed groups in the region.  

To address these interconnected issues, UNODC organized a regional training workshop in Bamako, Mali, from 2 to 4 August 2017, regrouping officials of judicial, Police and Gendarmerie training institutes of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

Corruption can contribute to reducing the effectiveness of border control, allowing terrorist groups to move freely. Similarly, corruption can facilitate human trafficking and smuggling of migrants, allowing terrorist groups that control the routes used by traffickers to benefit from these activities. Enhancing training programmes for actors directly involved in the field is thus essential, to strengthen their capacity to identify and tackle these phenomena effectively.

The workshop gathered 18 officials from the judiciary, Police and Gendarmerie schools of the three countries, including their directors and the heads of their training programmes. Officials from specialized units of each country also participated to this training session to design training programs in line with the realities on the ground. The objective was to develop training curricula adapted to the evolving challenges faced by authorities in the region, and, in the future, to train a pool of trainers on the issues approached during the workshop.

Participants to the workshop in Bamako

Through its Sahel Programme, UNODC has been providing support to the Police and Gendarmerie training institutes of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger since 2015 to combat human trafficking and smuggling of migrants. UNODC's integrated approach to fight terrorism and organized crime led it to expand such support to the fields of terrorism prevention and anti-corruption, while integrating judicial actors. 

Within the framework of the implementation of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, UNODC is working to strengthen training capacities in the region to integrate further the issues of terrorism, smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons and corruption.  

For more information:

UNODC Contribution to the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel

United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel

Results of UNODC Sahel Programme

UNODC Sahel Programme