Small Arms Survey is a global research centre whose mandate is to generate evidence-based, impartial, and policy-relevant knowledge on all aspects of small arms and armed violence. It is the principal international source of expertise, information, and analysis, and acts as a resource for governments, policy-makers, researchers, and civil society. It was established by the Swiss government in conjunction with other interested governments in 1999.
Its objectives are as follows:
- Serve as the principal international source of impartial and public information on all aspects of small arms and armed violence
- To act as a resource for governments, policy-makers, researchers, and civil society in terms of information and research on small arms and armed violence
- To be an independent monitor of national and international governmental and non-governmental policy initiatives on small arms and armed violence
- To be an outlet for policy-relevant research on small arms and armed violence
- To act as a forum and clearinghouse for the sharing of information as well as the dissemination of best practice measures and initiatives dealing with small arms and armed violence
Its projects include:
- Small Arms Survey is an annual review of global small arms issues
- Presents detailed country and regional case studies as well as research findings on data, methodological, and conceptual issues
- Commissions research and conducts collaborative projects with independent researchers, international organisations, UN agencies, research organisations, NGOs, and partner institutions
SAS has produced various research on IEDs, C-IEDs and the users of IEDs including:
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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