Regional Centre on Small Arms and Light Weapons
We coordinate action against Small Arms & Light
Weapons proliferation in the Great Lakes Region,
the Horn of Africa and the Bordering States.
To coordinate action against small arms and light weapons proliferation in the Great Lakes Region, Horn of Africa and Bordering States.
A safe and secure sub region in a peaceful continent free from arms proliferation.
Our values are flexibility, gender sensitivity, integrity, teamwork and transparency.
Years of action against small arms and light weapons in the great lakes and horn of Africa.
Who we are
The Regional Centre on Small Arms in the Great Lakes Region, the Horn of Africa and Bordering States (RECSA) is an Inter-Governmental organization with a mandate of coordinating the implementation of the Nairobi Protocol on the Prevention, Control and Reduction of small arms and light weapons in the Great Lakes Region, the Horn of Africa and Bordering States. There are 15 RECSA Member States in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa signatory to the Nairobi Declaration and Nairobi Protocol namely:- Burundi, Central Africa Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania.
RECSA is an intergovernmental organization that brings together 15 Member States in the Great Lakes Region, Horn of Africa and Bordering States. Our Member States are committed to preventing, combating and eradicating the illicit manufacturing, trafficking, possession and use of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in the sub-region.
The RECSA Secretariat is tasked with enhancing the capacity of Member States and overseeing the implementation of the Nairobi Protocol within the RECSA Region. As the only inter-governmental organization in Africa with a specific mandate to combat the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons (SALW), RECSA plays a vital role in promoting a safe and secure environment for sustainable development in the region. Read more on RECSA’s programs and activities:
Aims and Objectives
At RECSA, we are driven by a mission to coordinate action against Small Arms and Light Weapons proliferation in the Great Lakes Region, Horn of Africa, and the Bordering States.
Electronic Arms Marking to improve accountability, tracing and reduce proliferation.
Electronic Record-keeping for efficient databases and improved tracing.
Infrastructure improvements for safe storage to prevent the risk of diversion.
Steel Arms Boxes provided for the safe storage of firearms in remote areas.
Training Seminars for Security officers on SALW control and management.
National-level PSSM trainings.
Regional-level PSSM Trainings held since 2012.
Qualified RECSA-Regional PSSM instructors.