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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 March 2021

Events

  1. March 2021: Regional training of trainers on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM), Nairobi, Kenya

  2. December 2020:Digital Record-Keeping Training for enhanced Weapons and Ammunitions Management in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

  3. December 2020: Launch event of the "Silencing the Guns – Continental Plan of Action Arms Control Database", online

  4. December 2020: 2021 Version of the SALW Guide

  5. May 2020: Virtual meeting on the concept development for a West African Regional Work Plan for practical small arms control, online

  6. December 2019: National training on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) in East Africa, Juba, South Sudan

  7. November 2019: Training "Executive Level Course on Weapons and Ammunition Management", Berlin/Geilenkirchen, Germany

  8. November 2019: Regional training on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM), Jaji, Nigeria

  9. October 2019: National training on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM), Banjul, The Gambia

  10. October 2019: UN General Assembly side event: Countering illicit weapons and ammunition trafficking in Africa, New York, US

  11. September 2019: AU Roster of pracitioners' field mission to MINUSMA, Mali

  12. September 2019: ECOWAS Convention 10th Anniversary Technical Review Meeting, Niamey, Niger

  13. September 2019: Workshop Operationalising cross-border cooperation on countering illicit trafficking of SALW in East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

  14. September 2019: Balkan Fact-Finding Mission

  15. August 2019: Open Day at the German Foreign Office, Berlin, Germany

  16. June 2019: Dissemination of "Operational guidance note on handling weapons and ammunition"

  17. May 2019: Regional training on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM), Jaji, Nigeria

  18. April 2019: AU Physical Security and Stockpile Management Project Database for the Sahel Region

  19. March 2019: Handover ceremony of the Regional PSSM Train the Trainer Course to RECSA, Nairobi, Kenya

  20. March 2019: Regional Training on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM), Nairobi, Kenya

  21. December 2018: National PSSM training, Khartoum, Sudan.

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

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

  24. October 2018: PSSM partnership retreat, Nairobi, Kenya.

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

  26. October 2018: PSSM validation meeting, Banjul, The Gambia.

  27. October 2018: Sensitization Meeting on the Implementation of ECOWAS Convention, Banjul, The Gambia.

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