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Program name: Strengthening Regional and National Institutions for Reduction of Proliferation of Small Arms AND Light Weapons Geographic scope: Horn of Africa and Great Lakes Region Implementation timeframe: 24 months Project cost: UA 1.0 million Expected Outcomes and Outputs: The expected outcomes of the project include strengthened RECSA capacity for coordination of SALW interventions and improved arms management by the aforementioned member states. The proposed outputs will include enhanced RECSA capacity to provide strategic leadership and coordination for SALW control and management, National Institution for SALW management and control in Somalia fully established and operational, enhanced capacity of National Institutions on SALW Management and Control in CAR and SS and Strengthening Arms management at Member States' level in selected member states. Project direct beneficiaries: Project beneficiaries both direct and indirect will be the RECSA Secretariat and its 15 member states (Republic of Burundi, Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Republic of Djibouti, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, State of Eritrea, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of the Sudan, Republic of Somalia, Republic of Seychelles, Republic of South Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania and Republic of Uganda) whose approximate population is 300 million, of which approximately 55% constitute youth and 50% constitute women.
The overall objective of project is to strengthen the institutional capacity of the RECSA Secretariat and strengthen member states (Somalia, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo) capacity in arms management. After extensive consultations, Government Officials, non-Government institutions and beneficiary communities all appreciate the need to address the fragility issues within the region. This consultative and participatory approach in the project's formulation will continue throughout the preparation and appraisal of the Project's Phase II. The proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons in the Great Lakes Region, Horn of Africa and Bordering States continues to sustain armed conflicts, cattle rustling, poaching and fuels armed crimes and terrorism. All these challenges contribute to fragility situations that result in negative effects on sustainable development. This project emanates from the need to strengthen member states' capacity in arms management in order to reduce fragility that results in negative effects on sustainable development.
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