From 9 to 13 November 2015, an executive education course was organized in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) for 24 participants from French-speaking African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC , Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo).
Participants were civilian or military officials from states having signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and engaged in its implementation as well as a few representatives from civil society or working with international organisations. The course, jointly organised by GCSP and the African Centre for Peace and Security Training (ACPST) of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), was a common project of the ATT Network, composed of the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), GCSP, Small Arms Survey and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR).
The project was made possible thanks to funding from the United Nations Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR), the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and the Government of the Netherlands. Participants were briefed on the implications for States Parties of the obligations contained in the ATT, introduced by European and African experts from governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and think tanks. They took part in practical exercises on risk evaluation and prevention of diversion of legal transfers to illicit markets, taking into consideration the specific situation of African countries.