Stories from UNODC - Eastern Africa


Life Skills-Based Training Empowers Juveniles to Self-Esteem at Dagoretti Rehabilitation Centre

Nairobi - December 2018: Engaging juvenile offenders with education and skills-based training is an integral component of successful rehabilitation and reintegration back into the community.

Article 40(1) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) stipulates that reintegration should be the primary objective of the juvenile justice system. State Parties to the convention should therefore consider community-based approaches to crime that offer opportunities for the juvenile justice system to communicate censure of the crime while establishing in a young offender a sense of connectedness to the community. Failure to rehabilitate and effectively reintegrate child offenders predisposes them to criminality in adulthood and undermines the possibility of them leading productive lives. In Kenya, research has revealed that many adult offenders in prisons first began engaging in crime as juveniles. It must be a necessity for stakeholders involved in juvenile justice reforms to collaborate in efforts to stop the cycle of recidivism through engaging child offenders in meaningful activities and life skills programs. Youth empowerment is the most effective prevention against future participation in criminal activities Read More...


UNODC Hosts Collaborative TREATNET Training and Visit Providing Insight into Kenyan Drug Treatment Programmes

Mombasa - December 2018: In November the 2017, in Cape town, The Regional Office for Eastern Africa of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC ROEA) organised a sub-Saharan regional training titled TREATNET Volume D "Management of Drug Dependence Services" for treatment facilities. For the region, it was one more occasion to exchange and learn from each other's best practices. As participants exchanged on the nature of treatment Programmes in their respective countries, an idea was born.   Read More...



Following the money: Experts meet in Vienna to discuss illicit financial flows from migrant smuggling and human trafficking in Eastern Africa

Vienna - November 2018:  Across the globe, millions of people are smuggled and trafficked for profit. Organized criminal groups engage in dangerous and risky migrant smuggling ventures or use people's aspirations for a better life to lure them into sexual exploitation, forced labour or other exploitative practices. This is certainly also the case in Eastern Africa, more so the Horn of Africa. Even though money and the illicit profits are at the core of any migrant smuggling and human trafficking operation, financial investigations and financial intelligence are not often used to identify, investigate or disrupt cases of human trafficking and migrant smuggling Read More...





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