Edward Yogo Mouhamadou Kane Eleanor Beevor Hamidou Diallo

Armed groups, vehicle trafficking, and (de)stabilizing local economies

A Talk by Hamidou Diallo , Dr Edward Yogo , Mouhamadou Kane and Dr Eleanor Beevor

About this Talk

How do armed groups in the Sahel obtain the motorbikes, and the cars that they depend on for their operations?

In this webinar, we will examine the role of motorbike trafficking in armed groups activity. GI-TOC research has shown that armed groups are purchasing hundreds of new motorbikes every month, mostly through illicit trafficking networks. Likewise, they are also frequently implicated in the theft of cars, particularly 4x4s. In examining the theft and trafficking of vehicles in the Sahel, we also consider what these markets and practices mean for regional stability. When civilians are highly dependent on cars and motorbikes for their transport, they can be both customers and victims of the trade in trafficked and stolen vehicles. This webinar will also consider the growing importance of motorbikes to armed groups not only in the Sahel, but across Africa and other parts of the world.

10 October 2023, 02:00 PM

02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

About The Speakers

Hamidou Diallo

Hamidou Diallo

Director, Bureau of Studies on Extremism and Community Conflicts in Africa (BSECA)

Hamidou Diallo is the Director of the research and consultancy organization “Bureau of Studies on Extremism and Community Conflicts in Africa” (BSECA), based in Mali.


Edward Yogo

Dr Edward Yogo

Director, Bureau des Etudes Strategiques (BESTRAT)

Dr Edouard Yogo is the Director of the Bureau des Etudes Strategiques (BESTRAT) in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and an Associate Researcher at the University of Yaoundé II.


Mouhamadou Kane

Mouhamadou Kane


Eleanor Beevor

Dr Eleanor Beevor

Senior Analyst, GI-TOC