Is Africa using the UN’s convention against organised crime?


As criminal markets in Africa evolve and diversify, economies and societies bear the brunt of rising organised crime. The ENACT Africa Organized Crime Index maps trends and governments’ ability to withstand these offences. Drawing on the index and research into countries’ implementation of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), this event assesses UNTOC’s impact on criminal markets and state resilience to organised crime across Africa. The analysis contributes to the official UNTOC Implementation Review Mechanism that was launched in October 2020.

This event is co-hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime (GI-TOC).To attend this side event in person, registration for the 11th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNTOC is required.

English-French interpretation will be provided at this event.

Moderator: Dr Oluwole Ojewale, ENACT Regional Organised Crime Observatory Coordinator, ISS Dakar

Opening remarks: Natalie Pauwels, Head of Unit, Stability and Peace – Global and Transregional Threats at the European Commission, Service for Foreign Policy Instruments


Darren Brookbanks, Analyst, GI-TOC

Olwethu Majola, Researcher, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Martin Ewi, ENACT Regional Organised Crime Coordinator, ISS Pretoria


For content-related enquiries: Ian Tennant, Email: [email protected]

For logistics-related enquiries: Darren Brookbanks, Email:

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