RECSA is an intergovernmental organisation whose sole mandate is to address the proliferation of illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons. We partner with other intergovernmental organisations, African Union, and Regional Intergovernmental bodies and our strategic development partners to execute our mandate.

The proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons in the Great Lakes Region, Horn of Africa and Bordering States continues to sustain armed conflicts, cattle rustling, poaching and fuels armed crimes and terrorism. All these challenges contribute to fragility situations that result into negative effects on sustainable development.

Over the years, a consensus has emerged that there are negative and mutually reinforcing links between armed violence, insecurity and development. Armed violence and insecurity have profound and long term negative consequences for states, societies and the quality of people's lives. SALW as a tool of choice in armed conflicts is a major driver of fragility that weakens societies/nations resilience.

The proliferation of small arms constitutes a threat to human development, good governance and democratic consolidation. The recognition of the inter-dependence of security and development can be articulated in the relationship between poverty, inequality, lack of opportunity and causes of violence.

Our Objectives

  1. Increased capacity of National institutions responsible for SALW management and control at the Member State level and at the Secretariat
  2. Strengthening Arms management and control in Member States to create a safe environment for sustainable development
  3. Promotion of SALW adaptive research, public education and awareness
  4. Mainstreaming of Monitoring & Evaluation and Special Interest Groups in all RECSA SALW related interventions

Why Partner with RECSA?

Regional Access - RECSA works in and with Member States, through National Focal Points or commissions on SALW.

Specialized technical expertise on implementing small arms control programs.

Legitimacy - RECSA is the only intergovernmental organization in Africa with the sole mandate to implement arms control programs.

Credibility and Trust Entrusted to implement SALW programs across the Continent in partnership with regional, international and non-governmental actors.

Track record in Capacity Building and training for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Comprehensive approach to enhancing regional and community security through conflict prevention, counter-terrorism and disarmament;

Multi-dimensional strategy to strengthen good governance and environmental protection for sustainable development.

Areas of Cooperation and Collaboration include:

Strengthening institutions working on arms control

Arms control and management

Community violence reduction interventions

Research, Policy and advocacy

Capacity building and facilitation for Law Enforcement Agencies

Cross-border communities dialogue

Public information and awareness

Support for joint operations and community trust-building for Law Enforcement Agencies

Training of security forces at national and regional levels