2016 ATT Academy East and Horn of Africa

The ATT Academy in East and Horn of Africa, took place in Nakuru National Park, Kenya and brought together 15 participants from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan. It provided a forum for those working closely with arms trade issues nationally to discuss with their regional counterparts the potential linkages between the Arms Trade Treaty and issues specific to the sub-region. For the East and Horn of Africa training, these issues included wildlife poaching, terrorism and pastoralist conflicts. The ATT Academy in East and Horn of Africa was organized by Control Arms and Pace University, with financial support from the UN Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR).

ATT Academy In Person Trainings

ATT Academy Workshop 1

20-23 June 2016 | Lake Nakuru Lodge, Kenya The first training session of the ATT Academy took place from 20-23 June, following four days of in-depth learning about the Arms Trade Treaty. This first session focused on the first several articles of the ATT, emphasizing the Treaty’s Scope as well as Articles 6 and 7. Discussion groups, homework assignments and participatory exercises enabled participants to ask questions and relate ATT obligations to their national context. The workshop also identified links between small arms proliferation, the ATT and wildlife poaching, a serious problem in many East African nations, including Kenya. The training took place at Lake Nakuru Lodge, situated in Nakuru National Park, and participants were briefed by park rangers involved in anti-poaching activities and local peace-building projects.

Course Pack





Prohibitions, Risk Assessment and Implementation

Transparency and Reporting

Other Relevant Treaties and Instruments

Further Reading

Mark Bromley, Neil Cooper and Paul Holtom. (2012) “The UN Arms Trade Treaty: arms export controls, the human security agenda and the lessons of history.” International Affairs. 88(5). pp. 1029-1048.

Global Policy Special Section (2014).

Kytömäki, Elli. (February 2015) “The Arms Trade Treaty and Human Security Cross-cutting Benefits of Accession and Implementation.” Chatham House Research Paper.

Matthew Bolton, Eiko Elize Sakamoto and Hugh Griffiths. (2012) Globalization and the Kalashnikov: Public-PrivateNetworks in the Proliferation and Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons.” Global Policy. 3(3). pp. 303-313

ATT Academy Workshop 2

05-08 December 2016 | Lake Nakuru Lodge, Kenya The second ATT Academy training took place from 05-08 December 2016 at Lake Nakuru Lodge, Kenya and focused on ensuring deeper understanding of the Treaty’s provisions and their practical application. Over four days, participants explored themes relevant to the sub-region including Wildlife Crime, Pastoralist Conflict, Tackling Gender Based Violence and Importer Obligations. Excellent expert speakers, group discussions, homework assignments and hypothetical exercises ensured positive engagement among participants. Field visits with the Kenyan Wildlife Services (KWS) rangers provided participants with deeper understanding of the challenges they face in preventing poaching and preserving wildlife due to the proliferation of illicit weapons in the region.

Course Pack


Statements by African States on ATT

ATT Universalization

Pastoralist Conflict

Wildlife Crime


Obligations of Importer States

National Control List

  • Saferworld. (November 2016) “Background Paper No.3: Control lists and the Arms Trade Treaty.”
  • ATT Monitor Report 2016: Chapter 3.2 “Arms within the Scope of the ATT pp. 78-86


Available Assistance

ATT Academy Online Trainings

Sustainable Development, International  Assistance and the ATT

28 September 2016 This webinar covers the relevance of the ATT to development, including the linkages to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Target 16.4. It outlines how governments can integrate ATT accession and implementation activities into resources received as part of Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Gender-based violence and the ATT

This webinar provides an in-depth look at the gender-based violence provision (Article 7.4) of the Arms Trade Treaty and its role in addressing cross-cutting international and regional challenges, such as arms trafficking and the drug trade. The required reading list and homework exercise aim to illustrate some of the research the participants will need to do in order help their respective governments prepare for the implementation of Article 7(4) – the gender-based violence provision – of the Arms Trade Treaty.

Required Readings
Optional Readings
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