Organised crime and peace

Download the reportOur new report, The New Deal’s Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals and organised crime, discusses the impact that organised crime has on peacebuilding in fragile states.

The endorsement of the ‘New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States’ in 2011 heralded a renewed commitment from donors, fragile states and development organisations to country-led and country-owned processes. This means processes that are better tailored to the situations and challenges fragile states face.

In our report we use the Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals (PSGs) of the New Deal to discuss the impact that organised crime has on building peace in fragile states and societies. Organised crime is often overlooked in peacebuilding discussions, despite its potential to contribute to conflict and perpetuate fragility.

This report calls for a greater acceptance of this issue and for a better understanding among actors and stakeholders of the way in which organised crime can undermine stabilisation efforts. It highlights the need to avoid over-simplifying the actors and dynamics of organised crime, and to move away from overly-securitised responses. It also stresses the importance of cooperation at the local, national, regional and global level being based on a realistic and thorough understanding of the multiple effects of organised crime, which if ignored will only get worse.

Since early 2012, we have been exploring and researching innovative peacebuilding solutions at the interface between crime, violence and conflict through our ‘Conflict, Violence and Instability’ programme. The aim of this programme is to design, test and promote peacebuilding approaches that address the evolving patterns of violence in fragile contexts, where criminal, urban and gang violence are having broad political and social impacts. Find out more about this work here.

You can read the summary of our research here or read the full report here.