Illegal trade takes different forms – ranging from the smuggling and counterfeiting of goods to human trafficking and the trade in drugs, arms, and wildlife. These forms are frequently interlinked and converge, as wrongdoers exploit the same large-scale trafficking routes and modes of operation.

For its second funding round, PMI IMPACT calls for projects that address different forms of illegal trade and related crimes such as money laundering, corruption and organized crime.

Some of the questions to consider

What are the interconnections between different forms of illegal trade? What are the links between illegal trade and money laundering, corruption, organized crime and other criminal activities? How can the public and private sectors address their shared root causes, common drivers, and illicit modes of operation? What attributes of the global trading environment enable different forms of illegal trade? What are the opportunities for common, non-compartmentalized solutions to the different forms of illegal trade?

In this context, project proposals may consider the illegal tobacco trade either directly, or indirectly through analysis or actions that have a broader systemic effect on different forms of illegal trade.

Geographic scope

Projects can be implemented anywhere in the world, but should have an impact in the following geographical areas:

These are some of the areas where projects can significantly help advance the global efforts against illegal trade and its pervasive consequences. As the initiative grows into future funding rounds, PMI IMPACT will further broaden its scope to cover additional areas.

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  • Eastern Europe
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Georgia
  • Kosovo
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Ukraine
  • Middle East
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Turkey
  • UAE
  • Yemen
  • North Africa
  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Tri-Border Area in South America
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Paraguay
  • Central America
  • Belize
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • South and Southeast Asia
  • Bangladesh
  • Cambodia
  • East Timor
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Phillippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

For the purposes of PMI IMPACT, the geographical areas in scope for the second funding round include the countries listed on this map.

A piecemeal approach to tackling such a multi-faceted problem is no longer sufficient. Achieving long-term results requires global action and solutions that address the issue in its entirety.