UNODC contribution to the UN Regional Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger)
The main objective of the project is to support the development of accessible, efficient and accountable criminal justice systems in the Sahel, in order to effectively combat illicit trafficking drug trafficking, organized crime, terrorism and corruption in the region. By doing so, national authorities will be in a much better position to identify and dismantle organized crime syndicates and terrorist groups active in their respective countries, which will go a long way in deterring their illicit activities. To this end, the project will strengthen the capacity of national counterparts in the following areas:
1) National legislation and regional and international cooperation mechanisms;
2) Scientific evidence in support to judicial investigations and proceedings;
3) Borders and interdiction;
4) Investigation, prosecution and adjudication of criminal cases;
5) Material and financial aspects of adjudications;
6) Fair judicial procedures and human rights; and
7) National prison systems.
The activities will primarily focus on Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, and to a lesser extent on Algeria, Libya, Nigeria and Senegal. About 500 persons per year are expected to be direct beneficiaries of the activities such as trainings and regional conferences.
The project falls under the UNODC Contribution to the UN Regional Integrated Strategy for the Sahel 2013-2017, as well as the UNODC Regional Programmes for West Africa (2010-2014) and the Regional Programme for the Arab States (2011-2015). Through the implementation of project activities, UNODC will contribute to the UN Regional Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, in particular its security and governance pillars, within the political and operational frameworks of the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS).