UNAFRI hosted a delegation of UNODC cybercrime experts 17- 21 November 2014 to assess the needs of Uganda’s criminal justice system in the use of electronic evidence and digital forensics. The delegation comprised Mr Bilal Sen, Head of Global Programme on Cybercrime, UNODC, Mr Andres Peres, Coordinator, East Africa Global Programme on Cybercrime. They were joined by Mr Jens Ahistrand, Cybercrime Investigations expert, Swedish Police and Mr Terrence, a Prosecution expert from UK.
The forum convened to consider perceivable opportunities for mutual collaboration between ACEIE and ACCP on the sidelines of the Kampala Workshop on Information Ethics in Africa on 1st July 2013, at Metropole Hotel, in Kampala Uganda.
The traffcking and use of narcotic drugs hitherto regarded as a problem for Latin and North America, Europe and Asia is increasingly becoming manifest in Africa. And besides aggravating corruption and insecurity, the rampant abuse of these drugs has resulted in health challenges, especially among youths in Africa where detection and control mechanisms are still a challenge.
A delegation of offcials from a sister institute, the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI) visited UNAFRI on 27th June 2013. The purpose of the visit was to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two institutes. The visit was also aimed at exploring possible joint projects which can be implemented in areas of training and dissemination of knowledge for capacity building in crime prevention, in specifed regions of Africa with particular focus on the Sahel region and Francophone countries.
Principally, the visit was an opportunity for UNAFEI to share with UNAFRI knowledge and crime prevention needs, status of identifed crime situations, crime statistics and experiences based on prior contact about specifed regions in Africa. This was essential for UNAFEI’s planned intervention in Africa later this year, with a training workshop in Democratic Republic of Congo. UNAFRI’s delegation was led by Mr John Kisembo, the Acting Director, and comprised of Mr John Sembuya Ssali, the Administration Finance Offcer; Prof. Eric Paul Kibuuka, founding staff and former Deputy Director who also worked as Offcer in Charge of UNAFRI until 2003; Ms Sarah Musoke, Finance/Administration Assistant; and Mr Patrick Mwaita, Research/Training Assistant.