Sharing Knowledge and Good Practice to Effectively Regulate Brokering in Southern Africa
The Small Arms Survey worked with the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO), and SADC member states to provide tools, share good practice, develop guidance, and explore a regional information-sharing mechanism for the SADC region so that southern African states are better able to prevent and reduce small arms trafficking made possible by illicit brokering activities.
In order to establish a baseline regarding the implementation of the SADC Protocol requirement to regulate arms brokers and brokering, the Survey provided each SADC member state with a self-assessment tool to determine good practice gaps in their national control system to regulate arms brokers and tackle illicit arms brokering. This material, alongside international standards, was used to produce a guide to support the implementation of the SADC Protocol requirement to regulate arms brokers and brokering. The results of this work were shared during the SADC Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) for Small Arms and Light Weapons on Arms Brokering Regulation Workshop, which took place in Livingstone, Zambia (11–12 September 2018). The SARPCCO Legal Technical meeting, which took place in Lusaka, Zambia, on 20–22 March 2019, endorsed the 'Good Practice Guide for the Effective Regulation of Arms Brokering and Brokers in the SADC Region', which was subsequently published.
A second expert workshop took place on 8 March 2019 in Gaborone, Botswana, to explore mechanisms to facilitate the exchange of information to regulate brokering and prevent, combat, and eradicate illicit brokering in Southern Africa.
The project is made possible through the support of the UN Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR).