Whose crime is it anyway? Organized crime and worldwide stabilization efforts in Mali


Since 2013, the Republic of Mali has change into a focus of worldwide efforts to stabilize the Sahel area via a mixture of direct navy intervention, safety help, improvement assist and humanitarian assist.

A coup on 18 August 2020, and a subsequent consolidation of energy by the ruling junta on 24 Could 2021, mixed with ongoing insecurity all through the nation’s centre and north, have prompted varied worldwide actors to rethink their stabilization efforts in Mali.

Whereas mandates from worldwide coalitions intention to revive stability, governance and safety to the nation, a misinterpretation of the connection between violent extremism and arranged crime has led to an emphasis on technical, militarized approaches that don’t adequately think about consequential dynamics on the bottom.

This paper explains the dangers of this method for undermining stabilization efforts throughout the area and gives suggestions for: focusing evaluation and coverage on casual and prison economies, relatively than violent extremism; and adopting extra development-focused interventions that higher assist Malian communities.


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