‘Illicit economies are the elephant in the room when policies are formulated and programmes designed’.
Jessica’s story spotlights the stigmatisation and violence associated with coca farming, as well as the welfare benefits and development it brings to families and communities – it’s a story of hardship, resilience and tough trade-offs.
Coca farmers are wanting to engage with the national illicit crop substitution programme. But patience is wearing thin. They need viable alternatives, now.
Governments must move quickly to level with their citizens about the nature of the threat and get them involved in finding solutions. Given what is at stake, there is not a moment to lose.
While the West struggles with the uncertainty of coronavirus, for Afghanistan it’s a way of life, and opium poppy cultivation is an important part.
Social leader Marco Rivadeneira was murdered during the COVID-19 mayhem – intimidation has not ceased as has been reported.
While the World Bank Fragility Forum 2020 was postponed, development leaders still need to rethink their approaches to illicit drugs. Here’s how.
This common assumption doesn’t always hold true. Eric Gutierrez looks to the real problems: inequality, marginalisation and exclusion.
Jonathan Goodhand explores historical insights from two books and what they tell us about illicit economies today.
This blog shares the key results of a survey with coca farmers in two of Colombia’s highest coca producing regions.