ISACS Assists UNDP in implementation of ECOWAS-EU small arms project in West Africa 

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A participant (left) receives her ISACS certificate from Madame Halima Ahmed, ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (right) and H.E. Ms. Tiina Intelmann, EU Ambassador to Liberia (middle).

Photo: UNDP Liberia

On 17-20 October 2016, the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit helped to build the capacity of UNDP Country Offices and National Small Arms Commissions in 7 West African States (Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Sierra Leone) to apply ISACS in the implementation of the ECOWAS-EU Small Arms Project in order to maximise its impact on reducing illicit arms flows in West Africa, in line with SDG Target 16.4.  

UNDP is implementing a 3-year (2015-17), €5.56m EU-funded ECOWAS SALW project in the above-mentioned countries that aims to: (1) elaborate and implement sensitization and advocacy programs on the dangers associated with illicit SALW; (2) enhance the capacity of armed forces, law enforcement agencies, national SALW commissions and NGOs to address the problem; (3) collect, record and destroy illicit and unwanted SALW from target communities; and (4) implement community-based livelihood and development projects in communities that surrender SALW.  

The ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit provided policy and technical inputs to the project’s Steering Committee meeting in Monrovia and trained 21 UNDP project staff, ECOWAS officials and National Small Arms Commission officials from project countries on the applicaton of ISACS to project implementation and on the use of the ISACS Assessment Tool.  

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