Diana Goff

Policy and Research Papers

Deterring the Influence of Organized Crime on Political Parties

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The authors focus on specific cases from Georgia, Mali and Mexico to provide insights into how multiparty democracy has occasionally shaped and extended the linkages between political parties, politically exposed persons and criminal activity. Political corruption often undermines the important role of political parties as the centerpiece of political representation in democratic systems. This brief illustrate these threats, as well as potential strategies for preventing and mitigating relationships between criminals and political actors.

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A Crisis of Confidence, Competence and Capacity: Programming Advice For Strengthening Mali’s Penal Chain

this report was researched and written on a tight timeline (mid-January to mid-May 2015), it focuses on the issues that emerged as the most salient ones in the course of the research. Moreover the various past and present efforts to improve the Malian justice system have  been examined in terms of the results they have achieved. In consequence, the report is best read as a panoramic snapshot of Mali’s ‘state of criminal justice’ at this particular point in time, nwhich it subsequently translates into general considerations and building blocks for programming efforts that seek to strength en Mali’s penal chain.

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Under the microscope: Customary justice systems in northern Mali

The people of Mali use many types of justice mechanisms, both connected to and further disassociated from the state, to resolve their conflicts. This has led to the creation of a diverse justice ecology that includes both what are often described as ‘formal’ actors—such as state appointed lawyers and judges — and ‘customary’ actors — such as qadis, imans, village chiefs, family heads and elders. This report reveals heretofore undocumented information about the customary justice systems in northern Mali, which we gathered from 108 interviews across the regions of Gao, Mopti and Tombouctou.

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