TOR for Consultancy for the next OECD-DCD report on Illicit Financial Flows

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30 September 2014
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The OECD’s Development Cooperation Directorate (DCD) is issuing a competitive procurement process in order to identify a consultant to produce a highly regarded, evidence-based report on Illicit Financial Flows in West Africa.
Attached you will find a comprehensive document describing the project as well as a concept note. The deadline date for receipt of responses is October 23, 2014 at 5:00 pm (Paris time).  Proposals received after that time and date will not be accepted.  If you have any questions regarding the project, please contact me at


The objective of the consultancy is to produce a highly regarded, evidence-based report. This report should:

  • Provide an analysis of the operations related to illicit trade activities in West Africa, including the financing processes and the disposing of revenues generated;
  • Shed light on the roles of stakeholders beyond those immediate linked to these activities (i.e. small drug dealers or smugglers and fishing vessels personnel);
  • Delineate the political economy of these processes, which may indicate a phenomenon whose drivers lie both outside and within the affected countries and / or jurisdictions.
  • Explore the constraints and possibilities of international donors’ engagement in this area, providing suggestions on how they can contribute to attenuating the problem beyond involvement in security sector and law enforcement reform.

These suggestions will be considered by the development community, particularly by the Anti-Corruption Task Team of the OECD-DAC.


The ultimate product will be a report on illicit trade in West Africa. The deliverables are the following:

  1. An inception report
  2. Participation in at least one workshop (as detailed in Stage 2 below)
  3. Case studies (as detailed in Stage 3 below)
  4. A final synthesis report, binding together the inception report and the case studies
  5. One policy brief