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Improving Security in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Through Weapons and Ammunition

The resurgence of armed conflict since 1996 has displaced thousands across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and resulted in proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons (SALW), which remains a serious concern. The trafficking, accumulation, and misuse of SALW and related ammunition pose a systemic and pervasive threat to peacebuilding and hampers long-term socioeconomic development. Installation of weapon storage solutions as well as the provision of WAM training, as implemented by UNMAS, is helping to improve the security situation in the DRC.

Publication: The Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction. Issue 24.2

Publication date: December 2020

About the authors: 

Grégoire de Nantes is the Project Manager of Small Arms and Light Weapons at UNMAS DRC. He also acquired teaching experience in military operation planning and implementation at the French Staff College and worked on developing the extension of the tactical simulation training center in Saumur, France.


Aurelie Fabry is the Programme Officer at UNMAS DRC. She holds a post-master’s degree in International Humanitarian Action and a master’s degree in Communication from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.


Beamie-Moses Seiwoh is the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with UNMAS DRC. He holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from Njala University, Sierra Leone, and a master’s in Sociology of Law from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Spain.


Edison Pineda is a Swiss Armed Forces Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist, supporting UNMAS DRC in the role of Weapon and Ammunition Management Operations Officer.