John Collins Maria-Goretti Loglo Anine Kriegler Bernice Auma Apondi Dr Reychad Abdool Anna Paus

Drugs and development debate in Africa - Drugs and Development Hub

A Talk by Dr Reychad Abdool , John Collins , Bernice Auma Apondi , Anine Kriegler , Maria-Goretti Loglo and Anna Paus

About this Talk

The objective of the panel is to introduce the Drugs and Development Hub (DDH), a platform established in order to create greater awareness and understanding on the interrelatedness of drugs, (organised) crime and development by integrating the needs and capabilities of researchers, policy makers and of civil society. The DDH has the aim to provide a more holistic understanding of current phenomena surrounding illicit drug economies with specific focus on emerging debates around drugs and development in Africa and the need for alternative measures in contrast to repressive drug policies. The three speakers will provide their perspective on the debate from an academic, policy maker and civil society point of view by discussing the broad picture of the drug issue in Africa and how it impacts development. The discussion will involve crosscutting themes such as regional diversity, violence, organised crime, corruption, cultivation, consumption, and rural development.

01 December 2021, 02:30 PM

02:30 PM - 03:45 PM

About The Speakers

Dr Reychad Abdool

Dr Reychad Abdool

African Union

International consultant to UNODC, the African Union, Global Fund and with the European Union/Expertise France MEDISAFE Project on Sub-standard and Falsified Medicines in Africa.


John Collins

John Collins

Director of Academic Engagement, GI-TOC

Director of Academic Engagement at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.


Bernice Auma Apondi

Bernice Auma Apondi

VOCAL- Kenya

Drug policy and human rights advocate from Kenya


Anine Kriegler

Anine Kriegler

University of Cape Town


Maria-Goretti Loglo

Maria-Goretti Loglo

Africa Consultant, IDPC


Anna Paus

Anna Paus

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Advisor at the Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD)