The Africa Conference on Drugs and Crime was successful and drew the participation of many speakers from across the globe. Initiated by WFAD member, George of the Slum Child Foundation and supported by UNODC, Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs. The three-day forum held between 21st -23rd February, engaged on various topics of discussions including evidence of the nexus between drug abuse and crime, existing tools of addressing crime and drug abuse among the youth as well as actions and ways forward for ADA and crime among youth in Africa. This will be incorporated in the UNODC strategic plan for Africa.
One outstanding proposition by most panellists and participants was the need for joint collaborations in intervention; the need for organizations working on the fields of drugs and crime to share tools and methods of intervention against working individually. There is also a need to focus on the grassroots organizations which do most of the work directly with communities; therefore, the UNODC platform should strive for ways to empower local organizations. The WFAD Liaison Representative gave a presentation on Localization of Interventions, which highlighted the importance of supporting organizations working with the youth as a way of deterrence against ADA and crime. He gave the example of the success of the Sober Youth, Healthy Communities project in the Democratic Republic of Congo which has not only greatly reduced the levels of drug abuse and crime among youths in Kinshasa, but also brought sustainable economic empowerment realities among many households.