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Capacity development and advice on SALW control in Africa

Small arms and light weapons (SALW) control and physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) of weapons and ammunition in Africa.

This project continues the work undertaken in two previous projects:

Physical security and stockpile management (PSSM), capacity development and technical advice in West Africa

Physical security and stockpile management (PSSM), capacity development and technical advice in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

The project’s focus lies on supporting national and regional bodies in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and West Africa in the field of small arms and light weapons control (SALW) and physical security and stockpile management (PSSM). BICC’s aim is thus to strengthen the capacities of our regional partners (African Union, RECSA, ECOWAS, SARCOM and PRESCOM) in the field of small arms control and PSSM and links advisory activities with training programmes at the national and regional levels.  

The project also aims to support the African Union in the implementation of its Silencing the Guns Plan of Action and ECOWAS in the implementation of the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons. Activities undertaken in support of these work strands are aimed at the national (e.g. reactivation of national Small Arms Commissions) and the regional levels (e.g. regional PSSM course with a Train-the-Trainers component) and are facilitated by BICC advisors seconded to our partner organisations. Equally, BICC lends support to RECSA to facilitate and coordinate small arms control efforts within RECSA member states, including a regional PSSM course with a Train-the-Trainers component.

Project partners (outside BICC)

African Union (AU), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA), Presidential Commission on SALW (PRESCOM), Nigeria, Sub-Regional Small Arms Control Mechanism (SARCOM).

Funded by

German Federal Foreign Office

Duration of project

August 2018 until December 2020

Events

December 2018: National PSSM training, Khartoum, Sudan.

November 2018: Validation workshop for the East Africa Chapter of the Silencing the Guns Plan of Action. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

October 2018: Pilot training of a multi-phase regional PSSM course. Jaji, Nigeria.

October 2018: PSSM partnership retreat, Nairobi, Kenya.

October 2018: Report presentation “Technical assessment of weapons and ammunition management in the Gambia.” Banjul, Gambia.

October 2018: PSSM validation meeting, Banjul, Gambia.

October 2018: Meeting on the implementation of ECOWAS Convention, Banjul, Gambia.

October 2018: Regional training on physical security and stockpile management (PSSM), Nairobi, Kenya.

May 2018: Cross-border cooperation workshop, Khartoum, Sudan.

May 2018: Validation workshop on the West African (ECOWAS) regional strategy on practical arms control measures, Dakar, Senegal.

March 2018: “Physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) competence-building seminar” Nairobi, Kenya.

February 2018. Workshop “Cross-border anti-trafficking efforts and civilian disarmament.” Berlin, Germany.