UNODC supports Mali's Specialized Investigation Brigade in the Fight against Terrorism and Transnational Organized Crime


Mali has long been subject to terrorism and violent extremism, particularly due to two major terrorist organizations operating in the region - Jama'a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM) and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS).

Central Mali, especially the Mopti province, has become one of the main hotbeds of this violence - which since 2015, has spread to the South of the country and to neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.

Faced with multiple challenges related to transnational organized crime and security, the country has developed a legal arsenal which includes a national counterterrorism law, a specialized judicial pole and a Specialized Investigation Brigade (BIS) in the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime.

Investigators and staff of the BIS in Mali have been working with UNODC to counter the terrorism threat in the region. More specifically, UNODC has been delivering assistance to strengthen capacity and knowledge on the terrorism threat in Mali and the Sahel, as well as on the specific procedural rules for investigating cases of terrorism and cross-border crime. The aim is to bring perpetrators to justice – especially those who are responsible for carrying out the most serious crimes.

An equally important element in building the capacity of Malian criminal justice system actors is strengthening their capacity to use information technologies (IT). To this end, UNODC has been delivering specialized IT training to Mali since 2019.

The most recent IT training took place in February of 2021. The training, which lasted for four weeks, targeted BIS staff and focused on creating and analyzing statistics, and developing tools for monitoring terrorist files.

This support for actors of the penal chain in Mali is one of UNODC’s priorities.

The training courses were made possible due to the financial support of the United States of America.