Executive Course In Small Arms And Light Weapon Control In West Africa

This course provides the participants with the knowledge and practical skills necessary for effective mediation in everyday disputes.

Course Overview

The Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development Studies (AAIPSDS) has initiated a short-term course on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in West Africa. The course intends to provide a platform for training that would build the capacities of relevant stakeholders in the security sector and civil society with a view to providing a core skilled, effective and efficient staff who will in turn enhance the capacities of their corporate organizations in tackling the problems posed by Small Arms & Light Weapons in West Africa.

The rapid accumulation of arms and light weapons has led to increased insecurity and destabilization of the African region. It has contributed to the outbreak of armed conflict and in addition, intensifies and prolongs conflict and violence within and across national borders. It is against this background that the need arose for the adoption of a comprehensive and holistic approach in dealing with the problem within the West African Sub-region. Improving security at the national and sub-regional levels is an important pre-condition for sustainable development. Therefore, the Executive short-term course on Small Arms and Light Weapons in West Africa (SALW) will fill a lacuna on educational studies in this field within the West African Sub-region

Course Objectives

  • To enhance the understanding of trainees\participants on the linkages between the nature of conflicts and the proliferation of SALW within the sub-region;
  • To develop the capacities of trainees/participants and other relevant stakeholders, state and non-state actors, on the issues of the proliferation of SALW and its impact on development within the West-African sub-region;
  • To provide a sound knowledge base on the legal instruments and other relevant regulations on SALW;
  • To improve their depth of understanding on mechanisms for control of SALW and enhance their contribution towards practical disarmament;
  • To develop the capacities of trainees and organizations in project management and implementation;
  • To enhance networking and collaboration between the civil society and various arms of government in the field of peace and security.

Target Group

This course will satisfy the training needs of any of the following group:
  • Personnel of the Police force
  • Custom official and authorities
  • Personnel of the State Security and Intelligence Services
  • Personnel of the armed forces
  • Policy-makers in the security sectors of national governments
  • Actors in the Civil Society
  • Individuals who want to enhance their skills in the field

Application Deadline

Tuesday, 21st November, 2023

Payment Deadline

Friday, 4th November, 2023

Course Date

27th November - 1st December, 2023

Course Fees

150,000 Naira

Early Birds (10% Discount)

135,000 Naira

Early Birds Closes

Monday, 13th November, 2023

For Further Inquiry, please contact the following

08100091193 || 07058777951
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Teaching Methodology

The training programme will adopt the following methodology in its delivery:
  • Interactive lectures
  • Discussions
  • Classroom exercises
  • Case studies/ histories
  • Demonstrations
  • Mapping

Course Module

The course will be delivered on a modular basis and will comprise of seven (7) overarching modules.


The faculty is drawn from professionals in the field, Civil Society, international agencies and academia with a view to providing participants with a sound knowledge base, expertise and skills required to effectively tackle the issue of Small Arms and Light Weapons in the West African Sub-region.


Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development Studies, David Mark Road, Minna, Niger State, Nigeria.

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Each participant shall be required to pay a course fee of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (₦150,000) only. The course is non-residential and participants are expected to take care of their travel expenses. AAIPSDS will provide participants with tea/coffee and course materials during the training.
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