Africa - China - EU Dialogue uses ISACS as yardstick in Great Lakes and Horn region

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Implemented by Saferworld, together with the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association and the Africa Peace Forum the project is aimed at enhancing dialogue between the African, the Chinese and the European civil society and research communities on conventional arms control and the struggle against illicit proliferation and circulation of small arms and light weapons.

Excerpts from the Final Working Paper:

“The analysis undertaken by the EWG [Expert Working Group] also highlighted those domains where efforts should be prioritised in the future and where international assistance (delivered through bilateral, trilateral or multilateral mechanisms) could bring added value and lead to concrete and positive changes. These areas – some of which are not immediately connected to weapons control – include: […]

“ — stockpile management, with a view to improving the effectiveness of the current practices in compliance with international standards (IATG and ISACS), and to reducing the risk of diversion of arms and ammunition from the state’s custody; […]

“ — the improvement of national practices in terms of stockpile management will be essential for Uganda to effectively tackle uncontrolled SALW circulation. In this specific domain, and despite efforts recently undertaken, many initiatives need to be designed and implemented; from the upgrading of storage facilities to the adoption of national guidelines on stockpile management in accordance with international (IATG and ISACS) standards, from standardisation of data collection to unification and centralisation of record-keeping, from training to the relevant staff to provision of additional equipment to the security agencies (computers, appropriate data collection and software, transportation means, etc.); […]

current national practices in stockpile management are below internationally-developed standards (ISACS and IATG), therefore increasing the risk of diversion

“ — Enhancement of stockpile management capacities and physical security. As elaborated in details in chapter III, current national practices in stockpile management are below internationally-developed standards (ISACS and IATG), therefore increasing the risk of diversion, fuelling illicit flows of weapons and ammunition, and posing serious threats to the physical security of the staff working in storage facilities as well as of the communities living near these infrastructures. Coordinated interventions in this area could address a number of different aspects within the articulated discipline of stockpile management, including:

  • the refurbishing of existing storage facilities (or the building of new ones) in compliance with international security standards;
  • the establishment of national guidelines setting SOPs for all states’ security agencies, covering the different areas of stockpile management (from inventory and registration of the equipment, to daily management of the weapons, definition of responsibilities and tasks, identification of surplus, elaboration of destruction programmes etc.) in compliance with ISACS and IATG standards; and
  • trainingmodulesforthestaffinchargeofstockpilemanagement.”