On 8th May, ENACT Africa published a report saying that there have been few studies of what may be the largest type of organised criminal activity in Africa: land allocation, real estate and property development, which includes infrastructure and the delivery of basic public services such as water and electricity, particularly in urban areas.  It says that development in African urban areas occurs in an organised crime environment: and policy-makers, development agencies and practitioners need to rethink, revise and update their basic approaches and methodologies to recognise existing African realities.  The report concludes that the involvement of organised crime, including international networks, in urban real estate in Africa makes it unlikely that responsible property development can readily be achieved; but improvements are possible.  It makes a number of pragmatic policy and operational recommendations – including taking organised crime into account in all urban development initiatives.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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