Armed Violence Observatories
Liberia Armed Violence Observatory (LAVO)
AOAV established the LAVO in March 2011, working together with a multi-stakeholder group to develop a collaborative facility for collecting and analysing data on armed violence throughout Liberi
The LAVO collects data on:
- Demographics of victims and perpetrators (e.g. age, gender, nationality)
- Time and place of incident
- Type of violence
- Type of weapon used
- Outcome of the incident (e.g. physical harm, theft)
The Liberian National Police, United Nations Police and the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare are the key data providers, in addition to the Early Warning and Early Response Network, media, international organisations, and local civil society groups, which provide data on a smaller scale. By collecting data from multiple stakeholders, the LAVO can create a more comprehensive picture of where and how armed violence occurs nationwide and identify gaps and duplications in official data.
The latest report from the LAVO examines the links between armed violence and development in Liberia, and is the second report to be produced independently. AOAV provided some technical assistance.
Fourth Progress Report on the Liberian Armed Violence Observatory – September 2013
This report is the first to be produced independently by the LAVO, with some limited technical assistance from AOAV.
Third Progress Report on the Liberian Armed Violence Observatory – December 2012
The third LAVO report reveals an increase in the number of incidents being submitted to the AVO throughout 2012. There is a notable increase in reports from rural areas in particular.
This second LAVO report is based on data from a full year of observation. The report also discusses the LAVO’s next steps to improve data collection methods, identifies problem areas and groups prone to violence, informs policy debate, and provides insight into targeted strategies to reduce and prevent violence.
In addition to presenting data and characteristics of armed violence in Liberia, this report outlines some of the opportunities and challenges involved in the AVO development process.
Burundi Armed Violence Observatory (BrAVO)
Since 2013, AOAV has been working with the Burundian National Commission against the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (CNAP) to establish the Burundi Armed Violence Observatory (BrAVO). The BrAVO published its first report in July 2014, presenting data and analysis of armed violence in the country between January and May of the same year. Data was collected from several different sources, primarily CNAP representatives stationed throughout Burundi, and also the Burundi National Police records, civil society organizations, hospital records and media reports.
First Progress Report on the Burundi Armed Violence Observatory (BrAVO) – July 2014 (French)
Sierra Leone Armed Violence Observatory (SLAVO)
In 2013 and 2014, AOAV has worked with key stakeholders in Sierra Leone to raise awareness of the importance of systematically measuring and monitoring armed violence and is working towards the establishment of the Sierra Leone Armed Violence Observatory (SLAVO). The initative has gained the support of the Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms (SLeNCSA) and the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), as well as various civil society organisations and members of the media. Given Sierra Leone’s geographical proximity to Liberia, and their shared recent history, members of the LAVO have been sharing their experiences of the successes and challenges of establishing an AVO.