Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALWs) Advocacy

FECCLAHA participating in the destruction of illegal weapons by fire in Kenya 2016.

FECCLAHA engages actively in SALW advocacy through awareness creation, networking and campaigns. It also seeks to support and facilitate SALW advocacy and implementation of legal instruments, as well as, facilitate cross-border dialogue on proliferation of SALW.

FECCLAHA also seeks to establish, train and facilitate church leaders as SALW champion to facilitate ‘heart and mind disarmament’. FECCLAHA will in addition development and implement a regional media strategy on the reduction of illicit small arms and light weapons.

Under the Small Arms and Light Weapons Programme,  initiatives to build the capacity of church leaders, women, and youth to be effective advocates at the community and national level against proliferation of SALWs have been undertaken.

The following are reports of some of the workshops:

Gender Dimensions on SALWs Training Workshop

Small Arms and Light Weapons Report, February 2015

FECCLAHA also undertook a baseline survey seeking to find out the state of Small Arms and Light Weapons in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa. This is a rich resource containing a comprehensive situation analysis on the degree and level of proliferation of SALWs; root causes, corridors, and transit routes to the illicit SALWs; and the role of FECCLAHA in addressing the same.

It also outlines and discusses cross cutting issues affecting human security, regional issues and emerging trends and possible areas for FECCLAHA engagements. Field research was undertaken in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, and Uganda and desk research undertaken for Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Eritrea, Rwanda, Sudan, and Tanzania.

Small Arms and Light Weapons Baseline Survey, September 2015

FECCLAHA is also in close collaboration with other institutions including the IANSA.