Illicit economies pose clear dangers to the health and well-being of individuals and communities. They often drive violence, exploitation, corruption and failures in governance. However, for many communities living in poverty and conflict-affected areas across the globe, involvement in illicit economic activity can also be a ‘solution’ to the real problems of survival they face. How can the international community more effectively tackle the threats posed by illicit economies, while avoiding further harms to these already marginalised communities?
Christian Aid, in partnership with the University of Glasgow, the Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD) at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Open Society Foundations (OSF) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), is delighted to confirm the International Colloquium, ‘Addressing the Development Implications of Illicit Economies: a Cross-Disciplinary and Cross Sectoral Exchange’.