Small Arms in Southern Africa Reflections on the Extent of the Problem and its Management Potential

"An integrated and comprehensive response is needed to meet the complex challenges of weapons proliferation and illicit trafficking. Yet, existing responses remain fragmented and inadequately resourced. A set of co-ordinated subregional programmes does not exist to tackle illicit arms trafficking. Programmes to develop effective control of legal arms possession and transfers, among civilians and state security forces, remain inadequate. So, too, are programmes to disarm former combatants, recover unlicenced arms from civilians, and destroy or safely dispose of ‘surplus ’ stocks of arms or confiscated illicit weapons. Transparency, information exchange and consultation among countries on these issues remain weak."