The Afghan Opiate Trade and Africa: A Baseline Assessment 2016

Chloe Carpentier, Hayder Mili, Michael Osman, Hamid Azizi, Saurabh Sati, Jacob Townsend

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


This report presents a “Baseline Assessment” of the illicit Afghan opiate trafficking situation in Africa, with a focus on heroin trafficking along the southern route out of Afghanistan into, through and from Africa. The main objective of this report is to provide an initial evidence base to support policymakers and law enforcement officials in evaluating the trafficking of Afghan opiates into and across the continent, and to allow the development of effective responses to the issue. While Africa has traditionally been perceived as a transit region for heroin and other drugs moving to destination markets in Europe, North America and Asia, drug trafficking and organized crime is increasingly posing a multifaceted challenge to health, the rule of law and development within the
continent itself.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationVienna, Austria
PublisherUnited Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Commissioning bodyUnited Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Number of pages73
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Opiate trade
  • illicit drug markets
  • Africa
  • Afghanistan
  • Heroin


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