EMBAKASI, NAIROBI, 25 SEPTEMBER 2014 — The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit — in cooperation with the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS), the UN Regional Centre for Peace & Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) and the Regional Centre on Small Arms in the Great Lakes Region, the Horn of Africa and Bordering States (RECSA) — conducted the 4th regional training-of-trainers workshop on the ISACS Assessment Tool at the IPSTC/HPSS in Nairobi, Kenya, on 22-24 September 2014.
The ISACS Assessment Tool facilitates the application of the International Small Arms Control Standards in the design, monitoring and evaluation of small arms control policies, programmes and practices.
The Commandant of the Humanitarian Peace Support School, Col. Godfrey Gilonga, formally opened the workshop, which trained 33 policy, technical and law enforcement officers working in East- and West-Africa on how to use the ISACS Assessment Tool. Participants — twenty-four percent of whom were female — came from the
- Government of Kenya (Police, Defence Forces and Corrections);
- Federal Government of Somalia;
- UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM);
- UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), including UNMAS programmes in Abyei, Central African Republic, Darfur, Liberia and Libya;
- UN Ogranisation Stabilisation Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO);
- UN Regional Centre for Peace & Disarmament in Africa (UNREC);
- International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) and its Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS);
- Regional Centre on Small Arms in the Great Lakes Region, the Horn of Africa and Bordering States (RECSA);
- International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) Regional Bureau for East Africa;
- Conflict Armament Research; and
- Eastern Africa Standby Force.
The workshop trained participants to use the ISACS Assessment Tool to guide their operational work on small arms and light weapons control in East- and West-Africa in areas such as stockpile management; marking, record keeping & tracing; and border controls & law enforcement cooperation. Participants became proficient in using the tool to navigate and apply all operational standards from ISACS Series 05.
In an exit survey, 97 percent of participants said they were “very likely” or “certain” to use the ISACS Assessment Tool to support the implementation and evaluation of their small arms control programmes, in particular in the areas of stockpile management, marking, recordkeeping and tracing (the remaining 3 percent said they were “likely” to use the Tool).
Participants noted in particular the strength of the Tool in enabling users to quickly design, collect and analyze information on small arms policies, programmes and operational practices in order to implement quality assurance of their programmes and to communicate progress and needs.
The Nairobi workshop was the fourth in a series of six regional training-of-trainers workshops that UNIDIR is organising during the second half of 2014 in cooperation with the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit. Following this workshop, 73 policy, programme, and operational officers working on small arms control in more than 20 countries have been trained on ISACS and its Assessment Tool. The first three regional workshops were held in
- Europe (22-24 July in Belgrade, Serbia, in partnership with UNDP/SEESAC);
- Latin America (19-20 August in Lima, Peru, in partnership with UNLIREC); and
- The Caribbean (25-27 August in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, in partnership with CARICOM IMPACS).
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