Under the EU funded project, ENACT (Enhancing Africa’s capacity to respond more effectively to transnational organized crime), the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, the Institute for Security Studies and Interpol are developing an Index to provide a multi-dimensional measure of the scale and scope of organized crime in Africa.
ENACT commissioned a series of research papers to underpin the development of the Index which then expanded to becoming a Global Index of Organized Crime. My paper was on the challenges and potential of using of law enforcement data (specifically seizures data) to learn about transnational organized crime. This builds on my experience of working with data on seizures of ivory and other wildlife products and will also consider seizures of other commodities. Some key points are described here
In addition, I sat on the Index Technical Reference Group to provide guidance on the strategic and substantive development of the Index.