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.
This comic tells Jangul’s life story, in Nangarhar province in Afghanistan and how he ended up smuggling heroin from Kabul to Moscow.
Una conversación sobre erradicación forzada, PNIS y los acuerdos con campesinos cultivadores de cultivos de uso ilícito
This video is currently only available in Spanish. Entrevista virtuale con Pedro Arenas, investigador de la Corporación Viso Mutop.
This video is currently only available in Spanish. Entrevista virtuale con Victor Hugo Moreno Mina, uno de los líderes de estas guardias del norte del Cauca en Colombia.
Ana Maria Arjona, former director of CESED at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia talks about the importance of policy and public engagement for transforming illicit drug economies into sustainable peacetime economies.
Nicholas Thomson, Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine talks about his work exploring the health dimensions of illicit drug economies in conflict-affected states.
Jasmine Bhatia, Research Fellow at SOAS, University of London talks about how drug economies are often deeply embedded in communities in ways that are very complicated.
Patrick Meehan, Research Fellow at SOAS, University of London talks about how we seek to better understand how illicit economies can be deeply embedded in the social, political and economic dynamics of regions.
Camilo Acero Vargas, Political Scientist at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia talks about the positive and negative impacts of coca economies for farmers.
Karol Balfe, Head of From Violence to Peace Programme, Christian Aid talks about how illicit economies are a development blind spot within the SDGs.
Dan Seng Lawn, Director of the Kachinland Research Centre in Myanmar talks about the impact of drug use and responses to it in Kachin State.
Francisco Gutierrez from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, talks about how issues related to drugs and conflict, and how best to tackle illicit economies, are not only about policy, but also about politics.
Orzala Nemat, Director of the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, on building a new evidence base by talking to people in the borderlands of conflict and drug-affected states.
Jonathan Goodhand, Professor in Conflict and Development Studies at SOAS, University of London, explains why country borderlands may hold the key to addressing illicit drug economies in post-conflict states.
Experts share insights from fieldwork in the drug-affected borderlands of Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar at the SOAS Development Studies Seminar.