n African Security Review - A contentious nexus? : Crime and development : editorial

Volume 14, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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Extracted from text ... The overarching theme of this issue of the African Security Review is 'Criminal business on the African continent' with particular focus on organised crime, money laundering and corruption. Though highly pertinent, this is a controversial topic. Critics argue that juxtaposing 'criminal business' and Africa contributes to the negative image already imprinted amongst many international financiers, donor countries and agencies, the press and other stakeholders. Yet, a 2005 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report on "Crime and development in Africa" contends that high levels of crime may be delaying Africa's development. The report refers to crime as "these ..

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