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Mozambique: Threats Posed by the Penetration of Criminal Networks

"This paper focuses on some of the more prominent organised criminal activities that constitute a threat to Mozambique and does not attempt to cover all forms of organised crime. The more threatening criminal groups appear to be those involved in …

Organised Crime in the SADC Region Police Perceptions

"This study aimed to contribute to the quantitative data available on organised crime in the region and thereby to assist in developing a better understanding of its nature and extent. SARPCCO, working with the regional office of Interpol, is well …

Oil, Corruption and Conflict in West Africa : The Failure of Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility

"This report provides an analysis of the influence of international oil corporations (IOC's) on the economic, political and social framework of oil dependent countries. This issue is particularly topical because of recent off shore oil discoveries a…

Policy Brief : Insurgent Movements in West Africa: A Need for Preventive Action in Mali, Niger and Senegal

"This brief seeks to achieve two things. Firstly, it argues that greater attention to the insurgencies taking place in Mali, Niger and Casamance is critical to the maintenance of stability, good governance and peace in the West Africa region and tha…

Africa's Pablos and Political entrepreneurs: War, the State and Criminal Networks in West and Southern Africa

"This book examines the relationship between civil war and organised crime in West and Southern Africa, focusing on Angola, the DRC, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Sierra Leone. This volume is organised into two sections. The first focuses on definitional…

Regional integration in Southern Africa: Comparative International perspectives

"This volume traces the process of Southern African integration, comparing it with international experiences in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Integration in Southern Africa is made difficult not only because of economic differences, but also becau…

Transnational Organised Crime The stepchild of crime-combating priorities

"Experts continue to argue about an appropriate definition for organised crime, and ordinary citizens and lawmakers do not really know what it means. We tend to feel intense about the crime categories that make up organised crime, such as the traffi…

Guide to Staying Safe On and Offline

This robust guide will offer you tips on how to stay safe online and offline, to avoid falling victim to kito, blackmail, or attacks.

Nature versus Human Contrivance: Advancing the Centrality of Poor Governance to Irregular Migration in Africa

One of the greatest security concerns confronting the global community in recent times is irregular migration. Not only does this trigger trans-border crimes such as terrorism, human trafficking, and the resurgence of slavery; it is also the major c…

What Counts as ‘Evidence’?

Evidence-based policing is the application of empirical research to police decision-making. ‘Evidence’ means knowledge derived from the principles of scientific method, namely critical thinking and careful observation. Policing decisions should be …

Hotspot Policing for Murder and Robbery: A Cape Town Case Study

Accurate, point-level crime analysis and targeted hotspot policing can help reduce murder and robbery in South African cities. Using Durbanville and Nyanga, an analysis of SAPS point level murder and aggravated robbery data from 2006 to 2018 by plac…

The Wealth Within, The Wealth Unseen: Reflections on the Gulf of Guinea's Maritime Domain

"The rapid escalation of piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Aden over the past decade has made maritime security a policy priority both for Africa and globally. Although maritime security incidents also increased in the Gulf of Guinea, o…

Le Golfe de Guinée, Zone de Contrastes: Richesses et Vulnérabilités / The Gulf of Guinea, an Area of Contrasts: Wealth and Vulnerabilities

The state of play of the geopolitical aspects of the Gulf of Guinea sub region, shows a significant availability of natural resources which constitute the main wealth of this area. On the contrary, it is noted that the availability of these riches d…

Commodity Smuggling in the Maghreb: A Silent Threat

Though largely silent, and not often associated with the same levels of violence as other forms of organized crime, illicit trade threatens national and broader regional security in myriad ways. Insufficiently appreciated, first and foremost, is the…

Cyber crime and data privacy: how Africa can up its game

Africa is the  fastest growing continent when it comes to Internet penetration. The percentage of people on the continent using the Internet increased from a mere 2.1% in 2005 to 24.4% in 2018, according to the International Telecommunication Union …

Migrant smugglers are profiting from travel restrictions

Measures to contain COVID-19 are increasing demand for smuggling and subjecting migrants to even riskier conditions.

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