AU-Germany Donor Coordination Meeting
On 22 March 2017, the African Union and the German Federal Foreign Office co-hosted a meeting in Berlin to discuss donor coordination in the field of small arms control. The donors meeting took place within the framework of the ongoing AU-Germany project on the enhanced coordination of small arms control efforts in the Greater Sahel region.
The meeting and was attended by donor representatives from the G7 nations, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, the European Union and NATO. Also in attendance were delegates from the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Small Arms Survey (SAS), and BICC.
The morning session of the meeting provided an opportunity for all donors to share information on their current projects and priorities. The African Union also introduced the “AU Master Roadmap of Practical Steps to Silence the Guns in Africa by the Year 2020.” During the afternoon session, representatives from the African Union and the German Federal Foreign Office suggested that the AU Master Roadmap could serve as a common framework for small arms activities in the Greater Sahel region. The co-hosts also suggested that donors, the AU, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Regional Mechanisms (RMs), and Regional Organizations (ROs) should work together to develop a Plan of Action translating the themes contained within the AU Master Roadmap into concrete activities. As proposed, this Plan of Action would be country specific and would initially cover the sixteen countries included within the AU-Germany project. In addition, the Plan of Action would have the advantage of allowing donors to pick and choose activities according to their priorities while at the same time contributing to a coordinated, common framework.
The meeting participants agreed with these proposals and stressed the need for the Plan of Action to be based on shared analysis provided by donors and recipients. Finally, the meeting participants agreed to situate the Plan of Action for the Master Roadmap within the UN Programme of Action (PoA) process as an example of joint leadership and as a contribution to the forthcoming PoA Review Conference in 2018.
The donors meeting took place within the framework of the ongoing AU-Germany project on the enhanced coordination of small arms control efforts in the Greater Sahel region. Launched in May 2015, the AU-Germany project aims to better connect the needs of Greater Sahel states to the resources of donors and includes a particular focus on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM).