Items tagged with alternative development

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After decades of war, Colombian farmers face a new test: Peace [18.07.2017] Every three months or so, Javier Tupaz, a father of six, heads downhill from his clapboard home to work in his cocaine laboratory. Under a black tent...
Is Colombia sacrificing coca farmers' trust for US Aid dollars? [17.05.2017] Colombia's defense minister divulged new coca eradication figures ahead of a meeting between Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his US counte...
WHO and UNDP change in leadership: What views on drug policy and harm reduction? [04.05.2017] The UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs held in April 2016 has been organized by the international drug control entities, but has confirmed ...
Cannabis Licensing Authority begins work on Alternative Development Programme [14.04.2017] The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has commenced work to implement an Alternative Development Programme (ADP) to include Jamaica’s traditional fa...
«Une grande partie de l’argent du haschich ne profite pas à l’économie marocaine» [30.03.2017] Début mars, un rapport du département d’Etat américain a fait grand bruit, affirmant que la « production de cannabis » au Maroc équivalait à 23 % du ...
Morocco and Cannabis [10.03.2017] This policy briefing discusses whether or not the aim of reducing cannabis cultivation is realistic or beneficial for Morocco, what it would actually...
The village where cannabis is the only livelihood [03.12.2016] For centuries, the villagers have been growing the plant that has made Malana one of the world's top stoner destinations, and a battleground – at lea...
Will Myanmar’s economy ever kick its opium habit? [26.08.2016] A recent report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates Myanmar had 55,000 hectares of poppies under cultivation in 2015, m...
UNGASS 2016: A Broken or B-r-o-a-d Consensus? [05.07.2016] A special session of the General Assembly took place in April revealing a growing divergence in the global drug policy landscape. Difficult negotiati...
The opium bulbs of Myanmar: drug crop or lifeline for poor farmers? [21.06.2016] An estimated 133,000 households in Myanmar, mainly found in impoverished, remote regions, last year grew poppies across 55,500 hectares (about 137,00...
TNI at UNGASS 2016: reports from New York [20.04.2016] The Transnational Institute (TNI) attended the 30th session of the UN General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem in New York from the...
To win the war on drugs, stop brutalising farmers who grow them [19.04.2016] Reform of international drug control is urgently needed. The war on drugs has left a trail of suffering and criminality in its wake and has manifestl...
Panama Papers demonstrate need to reopen UNGASS 2016 outcome document [08.04.2016] The Panama Papers, a massive leak of confidential documents from Mossack Fonseca, a law firm in Panama that helped wealthy clients and money laundere...
Colombia’s "lost city of marijuana" [07.04.2016] The jungle around Toribío in southwestern Colombia is filled with vast pot plantations that stretch as far as the eye can see. At night, the greenhou...
Striving for system-wide coherence [11.03.2016] In April 2016, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) will convene its 30th Special Session (or ‘UNGASS’) – and the third to focus on the ‘w...
A war on drugs? We'd be better off paying for a war on hunger [20.01.2016] Global drug control policies, much like tax or climate change, impact heavily on many areas of development and inevitably on efforts to meet many of ...
New UN think-tank report: What comes after the War on Drugs? [02.11.2015] The UN's own thinktank, the United Nations University (UNU), published a report entitled What Comes After the War on Drugs? that argues that UNGASS 2...
Third Myanmar Opium Farmers’ Forum [10.09.2015] Current drug control polices in South-east Asia are repressive and criminalise opium farmers, greatly affecting the lives of communities cultivating ...
Building on Progress [14.08.2015] Bolivia has seen a decline in coca cultivation for the fourth consecutive year, according to data released today by the United Nations Office on Drug...
Habeas Coca [14.07.2015] With significant pressure and earmarked funding from the United States and other demand-side countries, the Andean countries of Bolivia, Colombia, an...
Exploring the land-drugs nexus [03.06.2015] "For many communities in Myanmar who grow opium, for them opium is not the problem, it is the solution to their problems," said local project consult...
Current State of Counternarcotics Policy and Policy Reform Debates in Myanmar [28.04.2015] This paper explores the current state of counternarcotics policy and policy reform debates in Myanmar. It analyzes the main trends in drug production...
Another UN agency savages the drug war [16.03.2015] The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN agency charged with developing strategies to reduce global poverty, has strongly criticised c...
Conditioning Alternative Development to previous eradication should be abandoned [12.03.2015] Conditioning Alternative Development (AD) participation to previous eradication should be abandoned as a policy, since it has proved to be counterpro...
Myanmar returns to what sells: Heroin [03.01.2015] A decade ago, Myanmar seemed on course to wipe out the opium fields and heroin jungle labs along its eastern border, the notorious Golden Triangle. T...
Drugs and development: The great disconnect [31.12.2014] This report argues that ‘drugs’ are a development issue and must be recognised as such by development agencies. The cultivation of opium poppy, coca ...
Lebanon agriculture minister urges cannabis cultivation for export [18.12.2014] Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb called for the legalization of cannabis farming in Lebanon to allow the state to benefit from the revenue of its ...
Jumblatt renews calls to legalize marijuana [13.12.2014] Walid Jumblatt has renewed calls to legalize the cultivation and sale of marijuana. The head of the Progressive Socialist Party wrote that the time h...
Exploring the Land-Drugs Nexus [18.10.2014] This conference will explore the nexus between land and drugs. Download Conference Agenda (PDF, 127KB)
Bekaa farmers push against eradicating marijuana growth in Lebanon [02.06.2014] The growth of cannabis is gradually increasing in the fields in the Bekaa valley. This is mainly due to policies adopted by successive governments th...
Cannabis legalization: the seed of a good idea or a pipedream? [29.05.2014] According to Jalal Mahfouz, head of the Planning and Development Center in Hermel ( Lebanon ), any move to legalize the illegal industry, which is be...
Bouncing Back [30.04.2014] TNI's indepth examination of the illegal drug market in the Golden Triangle, which has witnessed a doubling of opium production, growing prison popul...
Drugs as war economy and the peace process in Colombia: dilemmas and challenges [28.10.2013] The fourth item on the agenda of talks “to end the conflict,” on the issue of drugs, seems to reflect rather a flat and simplistic view of the classi...
Lebanese government gives "blessed" hashish a break [13.09.2013] The minister of interior Charbel promised to find solutions for cannabis farmers, including finding alternative crops. Talk about alternative crops h...
The first forum of growers of crops declared illicit in Southeast Asia [25.07.2013] In July 2013, the Transnational Institute (TNI) in cooperation with Paung Ku (a consortium aimed at strengthening civil society in Myanmar) held the ...
La nouvelle révolte du kif dans le Rif [31.01.2013] Des milliers d’habitants des communes de Beni Jmil et de Ketama, province d’Al Hoceima, ont bruyamment manifesté, samedi 26 janvier 2013, devant les ...
The illicit drugs market in the Colombian agrarian context [31.01.2013] The distribution of land and its unjust use are the major causes of violence in Colombia. For this reason land issues are the starting point of curre...
Between Reality and Abstraction [31.12.2012] At the International Conference on Alter­native Development (ICAD), held 15-16 November 2012 in Lima, the Peruvian Government continued to insist on ...
Informal Drug Policy Dialogue 2012 Bangkok [17.12.2012] The 4th GIZ/TNI Southeast Asia Informal Drug Policy Dialogue titled ‘The Future of Alternative Development in Southeast Asia’ took place on 18 and 19...
UN International Guiding Principles on Alternative Development: Part II [20.11.2012] The International Guiding Principles on Alternative Development approved last week at an international meeting in Lima, Peru, represents a lost oppor...
An opportunity lost [18.11.2012] At the International Conference on Alternative Development (ICAD), held in Lima from 14 to 16 November, the Peruvian Government supported by the UNOD...
Valencia Declaration on Alternative Development [09.11.2012] Producers of crops declared illicit, such as opium, coca and cannabis, from throughout the world convened at the Observatory of Crops Declared Illici...
UN International Guiding Principles on Alternative Development [08.11.2012] In November 2011 I was invited by the Thai government to take part in an international delegation to develop a set of UN International Guiding Princi...
The impact of Alternative Development in Burma and Laos [25.10.2012] At the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF) in Vientiane, Laos, from 16 to 19 October 2012, the Transnational Institute (TNI) organised a workshop on al...
Cannabis fields in Bekaa destroyed for second day [23.07.2012] Authorities continued efforts to eradicate cannabis fields in the Bekaa, east Lebanon, as normal activity in the region remained subdued due to repor...
Financing Dispossession - China’s Opium Substitution Programme in Northern Burma [20.02.2012] China’s opium crop substitution programme has very little to do with providing mechanisms to decrease reliance on poppy cultivation or provide altern...
Back to Business as Usual as Peru Loses Progressive Drug Czar [15.01.2012] Despite promising signs that Peru’s new president was ready to take a fresh approach to drug policy, focused on attacking traffickers and not coca fa...
Towards a smarter drugs policy [06.01.2012] The loudest voices in US drug policy debates call either for enforcing prohibition with ever-increasing ferocity or for giving up altogether by letti...
Drug Policy in the Andes [15.12.2011] Fifty years after signing the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and 40 years after the U.S. government declared a "war on drugs," ma...
Report of the workshop portion of the International Workshop and Conference on Alternative Development (ICAD) [16.11.2011] The present report has been prepared pursuant to Commission on Narcotic Drugs resolution 53/6 entitled “Follow-up to the promotion of best practices ...

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