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Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and Human Security

Africa Peace Forum is actively involved in small arms and light weapons training, advocacy and control initiatives in Kenya, in the Horn of Africa and the Greater Lakes region  with an aim of supporting and promoting the development of capacity for research and analysis in small arms and light weapons issues.
Activities undertaken under this program are implemented through a range of collective efforts including joint research and advocacy, training, co-hosting workshops and seminars, and joint information dissemination strategies.

APFO played an important role during the setting up of the Nairobi Secretariat on Small Arms (now renamed the Regional Centre for Small Arms (RECSA) based in Nairobi, Kenya. RECSA works in the Great Lakes region and the Horn of Africa with both state and non state actors in the control and management of illicit small arms and light weapons (SALWs). In addition, APFO also played a key role in the events leading to the drafting of the Nairobi declaration of 2000 and the Nairobi protocol of 2004, both of which are important legislative documents in the control and management of SALWs in this region. APFO continues to play an active role in the UN meetings on the UN Programme of Action on the Control of SALWs (UNPOA).  

Through its work in SALWs the organization is actively engaged in advocacy for the establishment of an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), in collaboration with other actors, including the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) and the East African Network on Small Arms (EAANSA) to which APFO is also a member. Additionally, APFO played a key role in establishment of the Kenya Action Network on Small Arms (KANSA) and also sits in the National Steering Committee.


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