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UNODC has a country office established in Chad in 2021 and implements a wide range of activities in coordination with national authorities, UN agencies, and partners, aimed at combating corruption and smuggling in general, building capacity to fight migrant smuggling and trafficking in persons, and preventing natural resource crime.



As the first partner of the G5 Sahel, UNODC supports the Police Component of the G5 Sahel Joint Force, the Security Cooperation Platform, the Regional Police Academy and the G5 Sahel Gender Desk. UNODC also supports the prevention of violent extremism and facilitates the design of security-development projects in partnership with UN agencies. In Burkina Faso, the Sahel program also contributes to cross-border cooperation in the Liptako Gourma region.


UNODC supports the implementation of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (Palermo Convention) and its supplementary protocols. In particular, the program works in the areas of: Trafficking in Persons and Illicit Trafficking in Migrants, Drugs and Firearms, Money Laundering and Cybercrime by equipping the country with a Digital Forensics Laboratory. The UNODC also supports the research and analysis capacities of the connections between organized crime and terrorism.


UNODC promotes the implementation of international conventions within governments, not only through the development of appropriate national legislation, but also by supporting the judicial processing of terrorism cases. For example, UNODC has developed intensive training programs in Burkina Faso for magistrates, police officers, and gendarmes in specialized counter-terrorism judicial poles and investigative units and is implementing a battlefield evidence collection project.


UNODC supports national authorities to fight corruption more effectively through the implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), including through legislative, policy, and institutional assistance, as well as awareness-raising among citizens and civil society on anti-corruption issues. UNODC also supports the Norbert Zongo Unit for Investigative Journalism in West Africa and has put in place initiatives to promote investigative journalism on issues such as corruption and organized crime.


In the prison environment, the Sahel Program supports countries in the areas of:
- Prevention of radicalization.
- Reducing the number of prisoners awaiting trial.
- Technical assistance for juvenile justice.
- Processing of terrorism cases.
- Capacity building of prison staff.
UNODC also facilitates Burkina Faso's participation in the Sahel Platform for Judicial Cooperation (SPJC) and WACAP.


UNODC promotes a multi-dimensional approach in line with international standards for the treatment and care of drug use disorders in order to build capacity in prevention, treatment, and care techniques and strategies. In Burkina Faso, UNODC's program on drug abuse treatment and care will aim to establish a national/sub-regional observatory on drug use and improve drug abuse services.