Getting Smart and Scaling Up: Responding to the Impact of Organized Crime on Governance in Developing Countries

Organized crime, public and private sector corruption, and the involvement of political actors in criminal activity are all  long-standing features of political societies, regardless of country.These challenges, and the links between them, have become more complex because of organized crime’s transnational nature in a tightly connected world. For developing countries, addressing these issues takes on heightened urgency and complexity: organized crime can foster instability and impact longer-term development.  Delinking organized crime from politics while enhancing legitimate governance and the delivery of services will remain the most important challenge for many developing countries.A focus on reducing the ‘thickness’ or the extent of the links between governance and organized crime through efforts aimed at shaping institutional and societal behavior and attitudes regarding organized crime and related harms should however, be the starting point.

In this new report led by CIC fellow Camino Kavanagh, the authors provide recommendations in five core areas where development actors can play a smarter role in responding to the impacts of organized crime on governance in developing countries. In laying out options for assessment and analytical frameworks, the report also provides options for donors to strategically determine when to engage and where to prioritize their support in addressing these critical challenges to governance and development. With the post-2015 development agenda under discussion and new development actors and development assistance arrangements emerging, it is certainly an opportune time for discussions and debate on these issues.

Download the full report here

Download the full report with annexes here and the seprate annexes in table below

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