Stop corruption from fuelling illicit wildlife trafficking (IWT) along the East Africa - Southeast Asian trading chain
Third-party funded project
Project title Stop corruption from fuelling illicit wildlife trafficking (IWT) along the East Africa - Southeast Asian trading chain
Principal Investigator(s) Baez-Camargo, Claudia
Project Members Kassa, Saba
Costa, Jacopo
Organisation / Research unit Basel Institute on Governance
Project Website https://www.baselgovernance.org/illegal-wildlife-trade
Project start 01.04.2019
Probable end 31.03.2021
Status Active
Abstract

The cross-divisional initiative focuses on uncovering and targeting illicit financial flows, strengthening the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute transnational IWT-related financial crimes, and improving coordination across public, private and non-governmental sector actors. 

 

The research and community engagement component aims to contribute towards the prevention and effective enforcement of IWT by developing a better understanding of the context-specific drivers of trafficking and the role of informal social networks and their associated corrupt practices in facilitating such illicit behaviours.

 

The research activities comprise: (i) analysing the manner in which social norms, community attitudes and the broader socio-political context influence the trafficking of wildlife; (ii) analysing the characteristics, structures, functions and operations of social networks engaged in trafficking; (iii); developing recommendations for context-sensitive community interventions to support the prevention and effective enforcement of IWT; and iv) discerning how social network analysis can be usefully applied in support of the investigation of crimes of IWT by local law enforcement agencies.

Keywords Wildlife trafficking; illegal trade; corruption; social norms; community attitudes; social networks; social-network analysis; East Africa; South-East Asia
Financed by Foundations and Associations
   

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