01 Mar 2022

Arms trafficking / Preventing explosions: taking stock of weapon stockpiles in the ECCAS and SADC regions

This study shows that countries can implement effective stockpile management measures with commitment and support from partners.

This policy brief reviews the state of physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) in Central and Southern Africa as at 2022. Africa’s most progressive legally binding instruments for controlling small arms and light weapons can be found in these regions. The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) Convention became legal in 2017 and the Southern African Development Community Protocol was revised in 2020. However, compliance with these instruments requires commitment from all stakeholders, including civil society.

About the author

Nelson Alusala is a senior research consultant at the Institute for Security Studies on ENACT, focusing on links between arms control, disarmament and transnational organised crime. He has previously worked with the UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the UN Panel of Experts on Liberia. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Pretoria.

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