African drug policies remain entrenched in a repressive, law enforcement-focused approach. Intensified drug trafficking in the region has raised concerns about the capacity of governments to tackle drug-related issues, as well as weak institutions, corruption and human rights violations. However, some movements for reform are now taking place in West Africa and several East African states.
Ghana has hosted its version of National Multi-sectoral Meetings on drug policy reform to shape discourse among key stakeholders from relevant public sector institutions that engage in drug policy formulation and implementation
As the West African Commission on Drugs, IDPC and other organisations present recommendations for a movement away from drug criminalisation in African countries, campaigners are pressuring the government of Sierra Leone to implement changes in their drug policies.
35 government representatives and civil society practitioners attended the consultation convened by the West African Drug Policy Network and other stakeholders and facilitated by WACSI with support from OSIWA.