Regulating Small Arms Brokering in East Africa 


Illicit brokering in small arms and light weapons facilitates the flow of illicit small arms and light weapons into conflict areas and into the hands of criminal and terrorist groups, with grave consequences for international peace and security, economic and social development and the safety of civilians.  Illicit brokering activities in small arms and light weapons thus has a profound destabilizing effect and has been an important factor in violations of arms embargoes imposed by the Security Council. The Group of Governmental Experts established pursuant to General Assembly resolution 60/81 emphasized that the globalised nature of the environment in which arms brokering activities take place necessitates the development of a coherent approach to illicit brokering in all its aspects.  When States agreed on the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (Programme of Action), they also made a commitment to develop adequate national legislation or administrative procedures to regulate small arms and light weapons brokering.  The Group of Governmental Experts highlighted the need for effective international cooperation to curb illicit brokering in small arms and light weapons, namely through the provision of assistance for capacity-building; enhanced information-sharing among States; and mutual assistance arrangements for the identification, investigation and prosecution of illicit brokers.  Indeed, their report advocated strongly for the intensification of international cooperation in tackling illicit brokering in small arms and light weapons, both regarding the exchange of evidentiary information and assistance for capacity-building.




The main objective of this project will be to strengthen the capacity of RECSA’s National Focal Points on Small Arms (NFPs) to control and regulate small arms brokers in their territory.


Key Activities

  •  Develop software for the register of Brokers based on the Best Practice Guidelines Developed by RECSA;
  •  Collect data and identify existing brokers by a national consultant in participating countries;
  •  Assist NFPs to register brokers using the data collected and the electronic register;
  • Publish final activity report: compendium list of brokers and lessons learnt; and
  •  Enhance cooperation and information-sharing on small arms brokering in the sub- region.


Key Outcomes

RECSA’s Member States will have an electronic standardized register of brokers that will help them control more effectively brokers’ activities in their territory and facilitate the exchange of information among NFPs, and between NFPs and RECSA. A click to access GGE on Brokering