Colombian Organized Crime Observatory - OCCO.

  • Tickner, Arlene Beth (PI)
  • Charles, Mathew Hinson (PI)

Project: Research Project

Project Details


Organized crime (OC) constitutes one of the greatest threats to public and citizen security in Latin America.

Despite this, and the fact that Colombia has been even more affected by violence, corruption and institutional weakening derived from criminal activities, given its link with the armed conflict, surprisingly the country does not have any entity dedicated to systematic analysis of this problem.

To fill the indicated gap, the Faculty of Political Science, Government and International Relations (FCPGRI) of the Universidad del Rosario and InSight Crime have joined forces to found the Colombian Observatory of Organized Crime, which seeks to become the main reference in both the country as in Latin America for everything related to CO and citizen safety.

We will analyze the different facets of these phenomena from a multidisciplinary approach in which professors, researchers and students of Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Journalism, Law and even Mathematics participate (especially regarding big data analysis).

Thus, in addition to producing cutting-edge knowledge based on existing empirical evidence, the Observatory seeks to become a trainer of a new generation of researchers dedicated to the development of more effective solutions to respond to the threat posed by organized crime.

in the Americas and has positioned itself as the main investigative-journalistic body on the subject.

To date, it has more than 14,000 articles on its websites in English and Spanish ( and and monthly traffic of between 250,000 and 500,000 visitors.

He is currently participating in research projects in nine different Latin American countries and is conducting extensive field work in Colombia.

Currently, InSight Crime has a partnership with American University in Washington, D.C., which has resulted in joint research and professorships.

Our idea is to replicate this successful experience with the Universidad del Rosario, several of whose faculties (FCPGRI, Economics and Law, mainly, but also Human Sciences through its Journalism program) have a proven record in research related to drug trafficking, organized crime, terrorism and armed conflict.
Effective start/end date4/3/183/7/23

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Main Funding Source

  • Installed Capacity (Academic Unit)


  • Bogotá D.C.


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