Monday, 15 February 2016

Meeting: Donor coordination in the field of SALW control

On 15 February 2016, the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) held a meeting to discuss donor coordination in the field of small arms control. Co-chaired by the GFFO and the African Union, the meeting took place in Berlin and was attended by donor representatives from the G7 nations, the European Union, and Switzerland.

Meeting in the German Foreign Office. Photo: BICC/N. Acharya

Delegates from the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), the Small Arms Survey (SAS), and the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) were also in attendance.

The decision to gather together donors in the domain of conventional arms control was made within the framework of an ongoing project on the enhanced coordination of SALW/ Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) initiatives in the Greater Sahel region. Launched in May 2015 and jointly implemented by Germany and the African Union, this project is currently in the process of establishing a coordination platform bringing together relevant donors, regional organizations, and implementing agencies in a series of meetings to exchange information and reduce duplication of efforts.

The participants present at the donors meeting in Berlin outlined their current projects and discussed possible ways of improving donor coordination through joint action and the creation of an online platform for information exchange. The need to integrate monitoring and evaluation requirements into SALW programming was also discussed. The next step within the AU-Germany project will be to organize a meeting on improved coordination with African regional organizations working on small arms control issues within the Greater Sahel region. This meeting will take place alongside the meeting of the AU Regions Steering Committee on SALW and DDR, which will be held in Djibouti in May.