Organisation type: Civil Society
Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) is a UK-based NGO, which carries out research, advocacy and field work in order to reduce the incidence and impact of global armed violence.
AOAV carries out research, advocacy and policy development in order to highlight the humanitarian impact of IEDs, advocate for assistance to those affected by IEDs, and highlight other groups carrying out counter-IED work.
The organisation has published a number of detailed case studies focusing on the harm caused by a specific IED incident, including Anatomy of a Suicide Bombing and Blood on the Streets of Boston. These reports highlight the physical and mental injuries caused in IED attacks, analysing the response to such attacks and providing policy recommendations.
The Policy and Investigations department also publishes more technical reports on the use of IEDs globally. These reports include Tracking IED Harm, a report containing information on organisations collecting data on IED attacks globally, and Material Harm, a report into the components of IEDs and how their transfer across borders is monitored and controlled.
AOAV has been recording those killed and injured by explosive weapons globally, including IEDs, since October 2010. UN and government leaders, as well as NGOs and civil society, have repeatedly cited the data in order to demonstrate the harm caused by explosive weapons. AOAV produces an annual Explosive Violence Monitoring report detailing the impact of explosive weapons on civilians globally. The report provides total figures for recorded civilian deaths per year, and additionally includes an analysis of casualties from specific weapon types, including IEDs. Annual figures of civilian casualties are provided, as are details or those countries which were most impacted. Monthly updates are published online throughout the year.
This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.
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