Online Event | ‘Drug Policies and Development: Lessons from Practitioners’, Wednesday 9 December 2020, 18:15 – 20:00 CET

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International drug control mechanisms focus on the elimination of the production, use and trafficking of drugs, through the implementation of public policies criminalizing these substances and their non-medical use. The implementation of these policies has had and still has a negative impact on other global development goals, as stated by the United Nations in 2008 and recognized as “unintended consequences” of drug control.

Linking to the programmes at the intersection of drug policy and development funded by the Geneva Canton in Latin America and elsewhere, this event  will provide an opportunity to link researchers and practitioners and experts in the field, on alternative development and social policies.


Christophe Gironde, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, International Development Policy journal


Maria Jesus Alonso Lormand, the Director of the International Solidarity Service of the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland

Khalid Tinasti, Director of the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP) and Research and Teaching Fellow at the Global Studies Institute at the University of Geneva, Switzerland

Luis Javier Zubieta Herrera, Manager of the HELVETAS Economic Development and Inclusive Entrepreneurship SubProgram, and Director of the Swiss Development Cooperation’s « Integrated Water Management » Project, Switzerland

Julia Buxton, British Academy Global Professor in Criminology at the University of Manchester, UK. Read the article ‘Drug Control and Development: A Blind Spot‘ | ‘Contrôle des drogues et développement : un angle mort des politiques internationales

Sarah David, Advisor at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany. Read the article ‘From Alternative Development to Development-Oriented Drug Policies‘.

Read the full thematic issue (in open access) : ‘Drug Policies and Development: Conflict and Coexistance‘.

Paperback reference: Julia Buxton, Mary Chinery-Hesse and Khalid Tinasti (eds.) (2020) Drug Policies and Development, Confict and Coexistence, International Development Policy series No.12 (Geneva, Boston: Graduate Institute Publications, Brill-Nijhoff). Order your copy on Brill-Nijhoff’s website.

This event is co-organised by the International Development Policy journal, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, and the International Solidarity Service of the Canton of Geneva 

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