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New Framework for Measuring and Assessing Organized Crime in the Western Balkans by UNODC

Arisen from the need for a holistic understanding of organized crime to its core, nature, and extent, the UNODC initiated the development of a framework for measuring and assessing organized crime in the Western Balkans. Knowing that the lack of comparable data analysis on the dynamics of organized crime is a persistent impediment to high-quality monitoring and evaluation, the UNODC team will focus its new framework in a way that will enable States to assess the volume of organized crime and respond to it, using a set of indicators to collect and analyse data. Such indicators will encompass activities and modus operandi of organized criminal groups, organized crime enablers such as corruption, obstruction of justice and technology, States’ responses, and the size of illegal markets.

This EU funded framework will ensure a close collaboration between UNODC and national statistical offices for a successful measurement of progress at the regional and national level. A series of data collections, capacity building activities on data collection and reporting are planned to start in mid-2018. Followed by a final analytical report on organized crime in the Western Balkans in 2019.

For more information about the framework for measuring and assessing organized crime in the Western Balkans please visit their website here.

For more information about UNODC work on organized crime please visit their website here.