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


Regional Centre on Small Arms @recsasec
RT @UNIDIR: A small arm is used in approx. one third of all femicides, arms control measures could play an important role in preventing vio…
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RT @erickayirangag1: @recsasec @StateDeptPM @NPSOfficial_KE These SALW safe storage facilities are effective in operational areas and they…
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RT @JRumongi: Thx @erickayirangag1 and leadership of @recsasec for the work well done. Kudos
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Recsa appreciates the financial support of the US State Department that enables it to strengthen the capacity of it…
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Today’s handover of containerized armories to Kenya Police Service is in the context of implementing regional and i…
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