oa Arms Control : Africa - Arms Management Program : to support the implementation of arms control and disarmament initiatives at national and regional levels in Africa
Africa is a diverse continent in terms of culture, language and geography. In many African countries, achieving sustainable peace and development is forestalled by violent conflict, poverty and weak state capacity. This situation is exacerbated by the availability of small arms and light weapons, the distribution of landmine's and other explosive remnants of war, and the potential threat posed by nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Despite these dynamics, inter-governmental organisations national governments and civil society groupings in Africa have taken significant steps to control and prevent the proliferation of arms and to reduce incidents of armed violence.
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