Launched in September 2017, the second round of PMI IMPACT funded 29 projects with a total of USD 20 million. With a focus on initiatives that address converging forms of illegal trade and related crimes in a wider geographical scope, there were successful applicants from 22 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North and South America. The projects represented a range of sectors including think tanks, research institutions, universities and law enforcement authorities.

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Innovative Thinking and Systematic Approach

The selected projects will address multiple aspects of illegal trade - ranging from tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceutical products to the trafficking of rare animal species. Beyond illegal trade, the projects will tackle a broad network of related crimes such as drug trafficking, money laundering and modern day slavery.

The selected projects will address multiple aspects of illegal trade - ranging from tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceutical products to the trafficking of rare animal species. Beyond illegal trade, the projects will tackle a broad network of related crimes such as drug trafficking, money laundering and modern day slavery.

The projects are expected to be completed over the next two years and include:
  • Projects that seek to better understand the links and drivers around organized crime and illegal activities in high risk border areas and provide analysis and recommendations on how to tackle them;
  • Actions to use innovative digital tools and solutions to create databases and platforms to allow for the capture and identification of key trends in illegal trade;
  • Initiatives to raise awareness on the impact of illegal trade and develop dialogue between public and private sector actors in tackling the issue; and
  • Programs to tackle specific areas of concern and the links between different forms of illicit trade as part of global criminal networks.