The study was made possible by a grant from the Government of Japan to the Regional Centre on Small Arms and Light Weapons in the Great Lakes Region, Horn of Africa, and Bordering States (RECSA), through the Kenya office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP-Kenya Office).
The synthesis report benefited from individual country studies conducted in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda. This report takes a comparative approach to examine the experiences in the four countries, providing general regional observations based on these country experiences to identify challenges encountered in disarmament processes, derive best practices, and offer recommendations on addressing gaps.
We express our gratitude to the National Focal Points on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in the four countries for their support to the research teams. We also extend our appreciation to the participants in the validation workshops for their valuable inputs. Additionally, we would like to thank the RECSA Staff and ISS (International Security Sector Advisory Team) for their support and coordination role in achieving this result.