Grand-Bassam- Côte d’Ivoire, May 29, 2023 (AIP)- A movement in which the Institute of Social Policy and Research (ISPR) was part to commit to the fight against criminal networks, baptized "Liberia", began on Thursday, May 25, 2023, in Grand-Bassam, a workshop whose objective is to establishes a pan-African network against crime, called “Peace and Liberation in Africa through Change and Engagement” (PLACE).

PLACE is an informal network of social movements and civil society organizations, academics, and journalists. Its objective is to fight against crime and criminal networks in Africa. For a week, the 35 delegations from 16 African countries namely, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Mali, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Colombia, and Italy shared their experiences of the continent on the issue of crime and mafia networks.  According to Emiliano Cotini, responsible for coordinating Liberia's activities against Latin American mafias, this network is a crucible for learning, studying, and sharing experiences on the phenomenon of crime on the African continent.

This meeting was part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Abel community of Grand-Bassam supported by the Abel group from Italy. SPR shares its experience in the Budget Process, especially in Enhancing Budget Transparency and Accountability and support from the Open Society Foundation. ISPR presented the work it does with funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA). ISPR also presented its success, challenges, and opportunities. ISPR finally disseminated the products produced by the project.