Podcast Global Initiative on Corruption and COVID

This Pandemic is causing huge economic impacts. The World Bank has forecast a contraction of 5.3% in global GDP in 2020 – that is the deepest global recession in decades leaving lasting scars on the lives.

The Coronavirus is having a profound effect on the established structures of our globe. International travel has been suspended, borders have been closed, entire countries are in lockdown to prevent further spread, and health systems are being stretched to their limits.

For the next 12 weeks, this special edition weekly podcast will look at how the ongoing Coronavirus is impacting organized crime around the world – and how the illicit economy may affect our ability to respond to the virus.


Episode 1 – A Pandemic and Organized Crime


Episode 2 – Dark Pharma and COVID-19


Episode 3 – COVID and Cybercrime


Episode 4 – Human Trafficking and Coronavirus


Episode 5 – Human Smuggling and COVID-19


Episode 6 – Cocaine Trafficking and COVID – Colombia, Central America & Mexico


Episode 7 – Cocaine Trafficking and COVID – South America, West Africa & Europe


Episode 8 – Heroin’s journey during COVID


Episode 9 – Illegal Wildlife Trade: Responsible for COVID?


Episode 10 – COVID and Corruption pt.1


Episode 11 – COVID and Corruption pt.2


Episode 12 – The COVID Roundtable


Bonus Episode – Sarah Chayes on Corruption


Episode 14 – COVID, Brazil & Organized Crime

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