Mapping the supply of surveillance technologies to Africa

Think tank: Institute of Development Studies

Author(s): Tony Roberts et al

September 27, 2023

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Development Studies looks at the supply of surveillance technologies to Africa.

African governments are spending over 1US$bn per year on digital surveillance technologies which are being used without adequate legal protections in ways that regularly violate citizens’ fundamental human rights.

This report documents which companies, from which countries, are supplying which types of surveillance technology to African governments. Without this missing detail, it is impossible to adequately design measures to mitigate and overcome illegal surveillance and violations of human rights.