Capacity Building
Africa Programme

The Africa Programme responds to the particular needs of African Member States in their endeavour to comprehensively and effectively implement the Convention.

The Programme to Strengthen Cooperation with Africa on the Chemical Weapons Convention — more commonly known as the Africa Programme — focuses on the particular needs of African Member States, including the promotion of peaceful uses of chemistry for a developed, safe and secure Africa.


Based on a robust result-based approach, the fifth phase of the Africa Programme (2020-2022) focuses on enhancing the African States Parties’ capabilities in the following areas:

  • Advance national implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in Africa.
  • Enhance the effectiveness of the African CWC National Authorities
  • Strengthen controls over cross-border transfers of toxic chemicals to prevent access to such chemicals, including by non-State actors, for purposes prohibited under the Convention.
  • Enhance protection and response capabilities against chemical incidents and attacks.
  • Advance chemical safety and security culture, standards, and practices in Africa.
  • Strengthen the capabilities of chemical laboratories in Africa.
  • Promote knowledge of peaceful chemistry and its exchange in Africa.
  • Foster Programme visibility, stakeholder engagement, and partnerships.

For more details on the fifth phase of the Africa Programme, consult the Note by the Director-General, EC.93/DG.9.


    The list of partners in the implementation of the programme include:

    • African Union (AU) Commission
    • African Regional Economic Communities​ 
    • Pan African Parliament (PAP)​
    • East African Legislative Assembly (EALA)
    • European Parliamentarians for Africa (AWEPA)
    • Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU)
    • World Customs Organization (WCO)
    • Member States, donors and institutions in the Africa Region



    While the activities under the Africa Programme are financed largely by OPCW regular budget, the OPCW Technical Secretariat recognises and highly appreciates the in-kind contributions made by African States Parties hosting activities under the Africa Programme, as well as the generous voluntary financial contributions made to the programme by:​

    • Czech Republic 
    • Federal Republic of Germany
    • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    • United States of America
    • European Union