Traditionally African states have pursued a law enforcement dominated approach to drug policy. In some regions this is now changing. An example of this change is in West Africa where the West African Commission on Drugs is working to mobilise public awareness and political commitment, develop local and regional capacities and ownership and produce evidence-based policy recommendations – focusing on the security and governance impacts of drug trafficking as well as prevention and treatment of drug dependency. One of the biggest problems in Africa however, is the lack of reliable data. Moreover, the fact that there likely to be large-scale ‘hidden populations’ makes the task of developing appropriate policy challenging. The Drug Policy in Africa project page aims to provide a useful resource for those attempting to understand the complicated nature of drug policy on the continent.
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- Virginia Comolli
- Axel Klein
- Professor Isidore Obot
- Dr Markus Schultze-Kraft