The African Union-Germany project on enhanced SALW control and PSSM in the Greater Sahel Region

The AU-Germany project on enhanced SALW control and Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) in the Greater Sahel region was initiated in 2015 in response to the upsurge in small arms proliferation across the Sahel, the Maghreb, and West Africa. The project aims to improve the effectiveness of counter-proliferation efforts, through enhanced coordination between donors, implementing agencies, AU member states, and regional organizations. The project covers sixteen countries (Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Guinea, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia), and falls within the framework of the African Union’s “Nouakchott Process for the Enhancement of Security Cooperation and the Operationalization of the African Peace and Security Architecture in the Sahel-Saharan Region.” Read more …

PSSM is an integral component of the AU’s “Roadmap of Practical Steps to Silence the Guns in Africa by the Year 2020” and its “Plan of Action” (StG-PoA). Within the next months, this homepage will be broadened in its thematic and regional scope to provide users and visitors with interventions in all 13 StG-PoA priority areas across Africa: Marking, record-keeping and tracing; Physical security and stockpile management, transfer controls, end use/r controls and brokering; Cross-border cooperation; Legislative and regulatory frameworks; Institutional structures and national coordination mechanisms; Criminal justice response; Embargo enforcement; Registration and voluntary disarmament; Craft production; Weapons and ammunition management in peace support operations; Universality and outreach; Data collection, monitoring and evaluation. This update will enable donors, implementing agencies, as well as AU member states and regional organizations to access a comprehensive set of information in order to enhance cooperation and coordination to Silence the Guns by 2020.

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German Foreign Office