Heroin coast: a political economy along Africa’s eastern seaboard

2019-03-13

East Africa plays an increasing role in the global illicit drug trade, particularly for trafficking heroin and cocaine. In recent years, the volume of heroin shipped from Afghanistan using maritime routes in East and Southern Africa, including in Mozambique, appears to have grown considerably. Although most of this heroin is destined for Western markets, local consumption is rising and Africa is seeing the sharpest increase in heroin use worldwide.

Drawing on research in East and Southern Africa, speakers will show how the heroin trade has become embedded in societies along this route. The criminal governance systems that facilitate drug trafficking will also be discussed.

The research report is available in English and Portuguese. The full seminar programme is available here.

This is a joint seminar of the Institute for Security Studies and Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime.

Chair: Dr Abdul Carimo Mahomed Issa, former Attorney General and Judge in Mozambique

Speakers:

Martin Ewi, Regional Organised Crime Observatory Coordinator for Southern Africa, ISS

Peter Gastrow, Senior Advisor, Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime

Simone Haysom, Senior Analyst, Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime

Ericino de Salema, Investigative Journalist

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