2018 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Mauritania

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

DOS NADR - CWD 300 500 1,000 4,195
DoD 0 0 0 4,410
COUNTRY TOTAL 300 500 1,000 8,605

Dollars in thousands
*Department of State FY13 funding is included in regional funding.


Most of Mauritania is located in the Sahara Desert, which offers a safe haven for terrorists and the illicit trafficking of SA/LW. Poorly secured stockpiles of arms and munitions remain vulnerable to attacks by extremists and diversions to arms traffickers, jeopardizing the country’s efforts to remain stable and prosperous and export security in the Sahel.

Date: 2018 Description: One of a handful of Mauritanian Army soldiers guards a remote munitions storage point in the Sahara Desert. - State Dept Image

In 2010, the government of Mauritania requested specific CWD assistance to counter the illicit proliferation of SA/LW by enhancing the Mauritania National Army’s (MNA) capacity to properly manage and safeguard its weapons and ammunition. Alongside other donors, this initial project supported the first NATO Partnership for Peace Trust Fund (PfPTF), which built two ammunition storage depots and destroyed excess SA/LW, ammunition, and 141 MANPADS between 2011 and 2014. Following the successful implementation of the Trust Fund, the government of Mauritania requested that NATO develop a second Trust Fund with three phases. In early 2015, the United States agreed to serve as lead nation for the first phase.

From 1999 to 2017, the United States invested more than $8.6 million in Mauritania. These projects supported the destruction of SA/LW and ammunition, and improve the MNA’s PSSM capacity.

In 2017, the Department of State supported the following implementing partner:

  • The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) destroyed 1,360 metric tons of ammunition, 96 MANPADS, and 82 decommissioned weapons systems. Including outputs from 2016, NSPA destroyed 159 MANPADS in the first phase. NSPA also planned for the construction of two ammunition storage depots and a training course in ammunition stockpile management to occur in 2018.