Drugs and development debate in Africa - Drugs and Development Hub

A Talk by Dr Reychad Abdool, Bernice Auma Apondi, Anine Kriegler, Maria-Goretti Loglo, John Collins and Anna Paus
African Union, VOCAL- Kenya, University of Cape Town, IDPC, GI-TOC and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

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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.

Dr Reychad Abdool

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.

Bernice Auma Apondi

Drug policy and human rights advocate from Kenya

John Collins

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

Anna Paus

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

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