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Security in the Sahel: Corruption, insecurity and border control in Niger

Policy brief by Hahonou, E. K. (2016). Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

Building more border offices in Niger has failed to reduce smuggling in the Sahel. Instead, opportunities for corruption have arguably expanded, with potentially severe consequence for the region's stability. Security policy in Niger should focus on strengthening the bureaucracy through regular staff meetings and solid reporting structures, implementation of existing laws and trying new ways to reward good work among border guards and other state agents. Because corruption is embedded in social norms, complementary measures to shift these norms aimed at transporters, passengers and traders is crucial.