Supporting victims and survivors of gun violence

  Behind every weapon there is a person involved who controls it, and in front of the weapon will most likely be a civilian who will be injured or killed by it. Finding solutions to violence from small arms and light weapons is a must, but it is also a duty to respond to the […]

In focus: Dr. Carlos Andres Fandino, Valle University

AOAV: Concretely, what do you do at Valle University? Dr. Carlos Andres Fandino: One of our current projects looks into information systems and the collection of data on violence and victims of violence. We also research homicides and other kinds of deaths from different types of violence, while another project is related to indicators of violence. […]

Predicting violence

One of the most exciting technological developments in armed violence reduction may be the ability to predict and forecast where future violence will occur. But how are these predictions derived and exactly how useful are they? The future is a Tom Cruise science fiction film In the film Minority Report, based on a short story […]

The Violent Road: Nigeria’s South West

Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo Politics The South West region is home to two of Nigeria’s three largest cities: Lagos and Ibadan. As a national and continental economic hub, Lagos sees a high level of political demonstrating, some of which has turned violent. The city saw high rates of rioting in January 2012, when […]

The Violent Road: Nigeria’s South East

Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo Politics As elsewhere in Nigeria, politics and armed violence have been closely interlinked in the South East region, with formal political processes and electoral cycles frequently accompanied by violence. Arms made available to political thugs during election periods have a deep link to post-election violence in the region. It is […]

The Violent Road: Nigeria’s South South

Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Rivers Politics Economics, politics and armed violence are often closely interlinked in the region. With political elites buffered by proceeds from oil revenue, governance in the region is weak and often unaccountable, subsequently making limited progress addressing underlying drivers of conflict in the region.270 The large urban centre […]

The Violent Road: Nigeria’s North West

Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara Politics Politics in Northern Nigeria are often framed in terms of binary narratives that pitch the country’s North against South, or its Muslim population against its Christian community. These narratives mask much more complex dynamics. In the North West, violence has often accompanied key political junctures such as electoral […]

The Violent Road: Nigeria’s North East

Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, Yobe Politics Discussions of politics in Nigeria are frequently characterised in terms of Northern and Southern rivalry, although this can mask much more complex dynamics of violence in the region. The most active militant group in the North East is the violent Islamist group Boko Haram, which has evolved over […]

The Violent Road: Nigeria’s North Central

Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau Politics The North Central region has witnessed sharp spikes in violence surrounding elections and other critical junctures. The federal government has in recent years declared states of emergency in parts of the North Central region in response to high levels of armed violence there. For instance, in January of […]

The Violent Road: Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory

Politics The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is the political capital of Nigeria, located in the country’s North Central region.85 Politics and armed violence are closely intertwined in the territory: spikes in violence have been closely linked to electoral cycles in 1999, 2003 and 2011. In common with other urban areas, FCT witnesses a high rate […]

Tweeting against armed violence: who to follow

Using our recent Top 100 lists as a starting point (The 100 most influential people in armed violence reduction and 100 of the most influential journalists), AOAV has compiled a handy list of notable Twitter accounts sharing interesting stories, research and analyses surrounding armed violence and armed violence reduction. Please support the members of this list: follow […]

In focus: Ivan Darío Ramírez, Corporación Paz y Democracia in Colombia

AOAV: What does the Peace and Democracy Corporation do? Ivan Darío Ramírez: We have an observatory in Medellín, Colombia, that looks at the impacts that violence and conflict have upon the population. We publish reports, document cases and we also do political incidence with the local government in order for them to assume their own responsibilities […]