- Armament and disarmament
- Conflict, peace and security
- Peace and development
Arms flows to East and Southern Africa, which originate from a wide diversity of countries, are relatively small. However even small volumes of arms can play a major role in armed violence and can be an economic burden. Small arms and light weapons (SALW) are commonly used in violent conflicts in the region. The legal or illegal supply of significant quantities of SALW to and within the region is therefore a cause for concern. An increasing number of supplier countries are trying to address such concerns with more restrictive arms export policies.
The existing secrecy surrounding arms procurement in East and Southern Africa hampers adequate policymaking, facilitates corruption, feeds distrust between states and can allow destabilizing accumulations of arms. It also obstructs an informed debate on an ATT and would be an obstacle to the verification of an eventual treaty.
II. Arms transfers to and from East and Southern Africa
III. Transparency in arms transfers