Drug policies in most countries in the region focus on strong law enforcement, with little space given to health protection and social inclusion. Nevertheless, some countries have recently responded to the increased demand for treatment and rehabilitation with some level of healthcare and harm reduction services.
IDPC and APCOF summarise discussions from a multi-stakeholder meeting addressing the links between criminalisation and human rights violations, regional policy developments and avenues for future reform.
The AIDS & Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) and the International Drug Policy consortium (IDPC) invite you to join the virtual launch of the briefing paper: "Drug Policy and the Sustainable Development Goals: Africa cannot achieve the SDG targets without reforming drug policies".
he purpose of this virtual event is to revisit the issue of drugs and development in Africa from a refreshed angle, by seeking to highlight local drug research and policy work, engage discourses around sustainable development within African drug environment contexts, identify and explore divergences and overlaps between drugs and development policies, initiatives and actions.