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13 Nov 2014 description

New publication about arms registration and marking, and community security and arms control in West Darfur

In the “Report on the Work of the Arms Registration and Marking (ARM) Program and on Community Security and Arms Control (CSAC) in West Darfur” Dr Sami Faltas presents the results of his field research in West Darfur, Sudan. The study was assigned by BICC and the Sudan DDR Commission (SDDRC).

26 Feb 2014 description

On 16 February 2014, BICC organized a workshop at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum to validate the findings of a study on the arms registration and marking process in Darfur. Consultant Sami Faltas and BICC’s Technical Advisor in Sudan had conducted the study in August 2013 using focus group discussions, individual interviews with relevant stakeholders as well as desk research in Khartoum and West Darfur.

12 Nov 2013 description

The year 2013 has marked the beginning of a new era at BICC with the introduction of a dual leadership structure. Conrad Schetter was appointed Director for Research in March and his position is combined with a newly established professorship for Peace and Conflict Research at the University of Bonn. This joint role is intended to intensify BICC’s academic approach and at the same time strengthen intellectual exchanges with the University of Bonn. Michael Dedek, Director for Administration, complements the management team.

01 Oct 2013 description

More than 80 kilograms of IT equipment, including a number of desktop computers, laptops and cameras were handed over to the Sudan DDR Commission (SDDRC) on 17 September 2013 in Khartoum during a ceremony attended by the German Ambassador Rolf Welberts and the Chairman of the SDDRC Dr. Sulafeldeen Salih, as well as numerous media representatives.

The equipment was procured by BICC as part of its capacity development project for Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Control in Sudan, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, which started in October 2012.

11 Sep 2012 description

On 28 August 2012, BICC and the Verification Center of the German Armed Forces organized an experts’ meeting at the German Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York City. With an estimated three million small arms and light weapons in circulation among the civilian population, both Sudan and South Sudan are struggling to control the proliferation of weapons.

17 Aug 2012 description


BICC was commissioned to undertake a study on issues relating to Return and Reintegration (RR) of actors displaced by the fighting in Sudan and to provide action-oriented data on issues relating to RR as a basis for suggestions to improve the RR program in Southern Sudan.

08 Jul 2011 description

On Saturday, 9 July 2011, the six-year transitionary period of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement will come to an end: with the birth of the 54th state on the African continent. It is expected that the young republic of South Sudan will be quickly recognized and will become a member of the United Nations, the African Union and other international organizations.

09 Jul 2010 description

In exactly six months, on 9 January 2011, the result of the referendum in Southern Sudan will be announced. Nothing less than the separation of the South or the preservation of the unity of the country will be put to the vote. Experts at BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion) have been accompanying the peace process for years and are observing the preparations for the referendum on the ground.

Feelings about the 9th of January 2011 in Sudan may well be split as some have been longing for it to arrive whereas others fear it.

06 May 2009 description

Contrary to the still prevailing belief caused by sometimes one-sided media coverage that a large share of African migrants relocate to Europe or the developed states in the North, research has shown that this is not the case. Only 1.5 percent of all Sub-Saharan Africans, living outside their country, live within the European Union. More than two-thirds of all migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa, however, migrate to other countries within Sub-Saharan Africa (approximately 16.3 million).

Sub-Saharan Africa is also a region characterized by high numbers of forced migrants.

26 Feb 2009 description

Clara Fischer

With the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) is organizing an international conference on the topic of security and migration, entitled "Migration and Displacement in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Security-Migration Nexus II". The conference will take place on 13 and 14 February 2009 in Bonn.

Contrary to the prevalent opinion that migration is particularly a North-South issue, facts and figures show a totally different picture.

17 Jun 2008 description


BICC was commissioned to undertake a study on issues relating to Return and Reintegration (RR) of actors displaced by the fighting in Sudan and to provide action-oriented data on issues relating to RR as a basis for suggestions to improve the RR program in Southern Sudan.

Data from the study was collected by a mix of desk surveys and two weeks of intensive fieldwork in four counties in Southern Sudan: Yei River, West Juba, Maridi and Mundri.

24 May 2007 description

BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion- Internationales Konversionszentrum Bonn) operates at the interface between development and security policy, on the one hand, and application-oriented peace and conversion research, on the other.

26 Mar 2007 description

On 22-23 March 2007, the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) and the Africa Peace Forum (APFO) held a stakeholders workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, with the purpose of sharing lessons learned during capacity-building on SALW Small Arms and Light Weapons) control in Southern Sudan.

26 Mar 2007 description


Small: Weapons that can be used by one Arms person.

Light: Weapons that require a small team, Weapons and whose caliber (diameter of ammunition) is less than 100 mm.


An estimated 500,000 people are killed every year by SALW. There are an estimated 639 million SALW in circulation worldwide.

Risks from SALW:

- More deaths and injuries during quarrels and disagreements.

- No personal or community security.