The Regional Centre on Small Arms in the Great Lakes Region, the Horn of Africa and Bordering States (RECSA) was established in June 2005 to oversee the implementation of the Nairobi Protocol for the Prevention, Control and Reduction of Small Arms and Light Weapons which was signed on 21st April 2004.
Guns Know No Borders
The illegal accumulation and misuse of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), fuels violent crime, sustains conflict, abets terrorism, cattle rustling, poaching and other serious crimes which degrade the environment and delay development; with Africa being the most affected.
Gravely concerned by the proliferation of illicit arms, as stated in the Nairobi Declaration (2000); regional states agreed on a comprehensive cooperative response strategy; leading to the signing of the Nairobi Protocol (2004).
The Nairobi Protocol complements regional and international instruments on Small Arms Control including the United Nations Programme of Action (UNPoA) and Sustainable Development Goals (SGD 16).
Republic of Burundi, Re-public of Djibouti, Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, State of Eritrea, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of Seychelles, Republic of South Sudan, Federal Republic of Somalia, and Republic of the Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania and Republic of Uganda.
HOW WE WORK
In, Within Member States
Collaboration and Partnerships
Council of Ministers
Technical Advisory Committee
STRATEGIC APPROACH (quadrant)
Institutional development and strengthening
Support member states in Physical Security and Stockpile management
Adaptive research, public education and awareness
Mainstreaming of Monitoring & Evaluation and Special Interest Groups
Pillar one: Institutional development and strengthening
National Focal Points established in all 15 Member States and the Republic of Chad
National Action Plans on SALW developed in 10 Member States (Burundi, CAR Djibouti , Eritrea, RoC, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania & DRC) and for the Republic of Malawi
Supported harmonization of legislation on SALW in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia.
Developed guidelines and regional standards in the control of SALW including:
Best Practice Guidelines for the implementation of the Nairobi Declaration and Nairobi Protocol
Guidelines for establishment and functioning of National Institutions for management and control of Small Arms
Model SALW legislation for adoption by Member States
Best Practice Guidelines for Practical Disarmament
Manual on SALW research
Resources mobilization for SALW programs
Collaborations and Partnerships:
Support to formation of AFRIPOL
Joint Taskforces established in the border regions of:
Equatorial Triangle (CAR, DRC, ROC)
Lake Tanganyika Corridor (Burundi, Tanzania, DRC)
Mano River Initiative (Mali, Liberia, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire)
Support for Joint Law Enforcement Operations
USALAMA series - 4 operations supported in SARPCCO and EAPCCO regions
Pillar two: Enhancing Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) for Member States
70 Arms Marking Machines provided:
51 in RECSA Member States
19 in non-member states
Status of Arms Marking in the RECSA Region
Facilitating Digital arms-records keeping
Installation and training on RSTS software in:
9 Member States
8 non-member states.
Enhancing Safe physical Storage for arms and weapons
2 armories constructed in Uganda and Rwanda
775 Steel Arms Boxes provided
Destruction of SALW: Over 400,000 firearms more than 2000 tons of Un-exploded Ordinances destroyed
180 officials trained on SALW control and management
6 Senior PSSM Trainers graduated in December 2017
10 junior PSSM Trainers to graduate in March 2018
Pool of instructors: 06 PSSM Senior Instructors and 10 PSSM Junior Instructors trained in partnership with MSAG "Train The Trainer Approach"
Pillar 3. Adaptive research, Public Education and Awareness
Thematic research and baseline studies published including:
Studies on the nexus between SALW and: Cattle Rustling, Fragility, Poaching, and Armed violence
Status of the harmonization of national legislation with regional and international instruments on SALW
The Proliferation of Man-Portable air defense systems (MANPADS) in the region;
Synergies and complementarities of the ATT, UNPoA, Nairobi Protocol & Kinsasha Convention
Policy advisory, Advocacy and lobbying on SALW Management
Lobbying for ratification of the ATT in RECSA Member States
Civil Society mobilization for the ratification of SADC and COWAS Conventions (SADC Region, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea)
Support Public information and sensitization on SALW
Production of two documentaries on
PSSM: Keep the Safety on
Countering Illicit Firearms in Africa
Pillar 4. Mainstreaming Monitoring & Evaluation and Special Interests Groups in SALW Interventions
Monitoring and appraisal of SALW interventions in Member States
Regional SALW reporting tool developed
Lobbying for inclusion of special interest groups in SALW interventions.
Regional Gender policy developed
Developing a pool of regional PSSM trainers to take over from external facilitators by 2019
Build a PSSM Centre of Excellence in Rwanda
Establish RECSA Headquarters
Provision of Sheer machines for SALW destruction
Construction of armories
Up-scale Support to Civilian Disarmament
Public and Community awareness on SALW
Cross-border Communities dialogues
Adaptive action Research
Lobbying for ratification of the ATT
Expand partnerships and collaborations
Institutional support for SARCOM
"To coordinate action against Small Arms and Light Weapons proliferation in the Great Lakes Region and Horn of Africa."
"a safe and secure sub-region in a peaceful continent free from arms proliferation"
Strategic Priorities 2016-2020
Institutional Development and Strengthening
Physical Security and Stockpile Management
Adaptive research, Public Education and Awareness
Mainstreaming Monitoring & Evaluation and Special Interests Groups in SALW Interventions.