The development of the illicit hub mapping initiative has been a multi-stage process, with research carried out between July 2021 and March 2022. The GI-TOC research team has leveraged a combination of extensive literature review, existing institutional expertise, remote interviews with regional and national stakeholders, together with fieldwork and in-person interviews across the region. Virtual and in person verification processes, through round tables and bilateral engagements, have been coordinated to validate the results of the mapping exercise. Furthermore, the development and application of the Illicit Economies & Instability Monitor (IEIM) was also an iterative process, involving an extensive literature review, a specialist technical reference group, in-country research and data collection, expert assessment, sub-regional consultations and a final regional expert verification meeting.
The countries falling within the scope of the project are: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
To read more about the development of the illicit hub mapping, please read our report and see our methodology note.