Two main challenges relating to the proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW) continue to confront most African countries. The first is the issue of how to disarm civilians and manage the factors creating the demand for arms in a sustainable manner. The other is how to ensure that states enhance their physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) standards to prevent the frequent unplanned explosions that wreak havoc on civilian populations and the diversion of state-owned arms and ammunition into civilian hands. This policy brief considers some of the solutions to these problems.
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