Freedom from fear and the post-MDG agenda

  • 2013•09•30     Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

    Excerpt from the Integrated Regional Information Networks article:

    Organized crime plays a massive role in any debate about human security or freedom from fear. But James Cockayne, head of the United Nations University office in New York, also argues, “It’s important to not lose sight of the freedom from want side.” He told IRIN, “Unpacking the relationship between organized crime, violence and development – the want part, is quite complex.”

    “Many criminal groups will provide services to the community,” said Cockayne, meaning that understanding freedom from want and the link between crime and development is crucial. Spending part of their funds from criminal activities to support development is a method crime groups use to gain acceptance in their towns and villages, according to Emmanuel Kwesi Aning, director of the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre. In many parts of West Africa, “they perceive them not as criminals but as developmentalists,” he told IRIN. “It’s not just an issue of crime. It’s not just an issue of human security. It’s an issue of development.”