Small Arms and Light Weapons– Marking, Record Keeping and Tracing

Conflict Management

Course Duration: Two Weeks
Course Fee: This course is fully funded.

Course Summary:

This course targets ECOWAS member states. It aims at exposing best practices in marking, record keeping and tracing and also seeks to highlight existing opportunities and significance for tracing crime weapons and the tools for marking weapons.


  • The Nature of the African State
  • Legal Frameworks of MT&R: Marking, Registration and Tracing
  • Rationale and types of Marks
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Marking and Registration of locally manufactured weapons
  • Challenges of Marking and Tracing
  • Ammunition Painting, Marking and Compatibility
  • Ammunition Storage
  • Risk Management (Practical Exercise)
  • United Nations Hazard and Classification System
  • Cross cutting issues such as Narcotics and Terrorist Financing as well as facility visits to the relevant sites


Target Participants:

  • Military Personnel in charge of armories; middle level police; gendarmerie or equivalent, preferably working in the national arms registry in the ECOWAS sub region, SALW related civil society activist.