Integrating Small Arms Record-keeping in West Africa

Armourer issues a duty weapon in DRC
An armourer records a weapon transfer in DR Congo - Sean Sutton, MAG

The Centre for Armed Violence Reduction (CAVR) has begun a UN-funded partnership with ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States to install both regional and national registers for small arms and light weapons across West Africa. Our ArmsTracker software will allow the ECOWAS Commission and Member States to uphold their obligations under the 2006 ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons, as well as to support compliance with the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

The broader aim of this project is to link all ECOWAS Member States in the same manner, thereby streamlining and standardising weapon registration data provided by governments to the ECOWAS regional register of arms transfer exemptions under the Convention. CAVR looks forward to progressing its partnership with ECOWAS and its 15 Member States.