View on Africa: how organised crime sustains al-Shabaab


Despite the existence of a legitimate government, al-Shabaab controls expansive territory in central and southern Somalia. The terrorist group makes US$10 million annually from illegally imposed taxes and drives a US$10 million illicit charcoal syndicate, threatening the country’s security and development.

This View on Africa is presented by Duncan E Omondi Gumba, Regional Coordinator East and Horn of Africa, ENACT project, ISS Nairobi. He will discuss how funds earned from organised crime have helped al-Shabaab sustain its insurgency and terrorist campaign.

About View on Africa

Every Wednesday from 11h00 - 12h00 CAT (09h00 - 10h00 GMT), ISS researchers from Dakar, Nairobi, Addis Ababa and Pretoria provide expert analysis of major events and trends in Africa. Introductory remarks are followed by an online Q&A with participants.

How to join the briefing

Attend the briefing in person or online via Voiceboxer on your computer or mobile device. To join the briefing online, simply click on the link above, follow the on-screen instructions and select your language preference. Before joining the briefing online, be sure to test your system settings by clicking on this link Please only use Google Chrome or Firefox to attend the online briefing.

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Enquiries: Amelia Broodryk, Phone: +27 12 346 9500, Email:

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