600 reported killed in Russian strike on Mariupol theatre

On 16 March 2022, a Russian airstrike hit the theatre in Mariupol, causing the roof and some of the exterior walls to collapse inwards.

Four years of harm: Explosive Violence Monitor 2011-2014

A terrible cost for civilians Data collected by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) shows that at least 112,000 civilians have been reported as killed or injured by explosive weapons in the last four years. Download the infographic here Between 2011 and 2014, AOAV has recorded a total of 144,545 deaths and injuries from the use […]

Data shows Wednesday’s bomb attack on Islamabad market part of a bloody pattern

At least 22 people have been killed by yet another indiscriminate bomb attack in Pakistan, this time in a crowded market in Islamabad. The blast, occurring on Wednesday 9th April, also wounded over 100 others. The bombing occurred at eight o’clock in the morning, one of the busiest times for the fruit and vegetable market in the […]

In focus: Lizette Lancaster, Institute for Security Studies

Lizette Lancaster is Project Manager of the Crime and Justice Information and Analysis Hub at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in South Africa. AOAV: What does the Institute for Security Studies do?  Lizette Lancaster: The Institute for Security Studies is a research think tank working and operating in Africa. It has got offices in […]

The ballad of the sad café: another bloody weekend in Iraq

Iraq’s descent into chaos seems to be happening again.  This weekend, a café in central Iraq was the target of a suicide attack.  This is horror enough, but when you learn that it is the second suicide attack in as many months, it sends out a clear message as to what Iraq has become. This […]

In focus: Renato Sérgio de Lima, Brazilian Forum of Public Security

Renato Sérgio de Lima has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of São Paulo and took his Post-Doctorate at the Institute of Economics at UNICAMP, also in São Paulo. He is the Secretary General of the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety and Editor of the Brazilian Journal on Public Safety.  AOAV: What is the Brazilian […]

In focus: Abdullahi Mohammed Odowa, General-Director of the Somali Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention

Abdullahi Mohammed Odowa is a General-Director of the Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention. He has an extensive experience on social research and has conducted several researches including Conflict Analysis in Sool and Sanaag regions of Somalia (for CARE International) and Social Action Research on Drought and Climate Change in Somaliland (for ActionAid International). AOAV: What […]

In focus: Maximo Halty, Chief Technical Advisor of the UNDP Crisis and Risk Mapping and Analysis, Sudan

Maximo Halty, Chief Technical Advisor of the UNDP’s Crisis and Risk Mapping and Analysis (CRMA) in Sudan explains the project’s approach of collaborating with all UN agencies, NGOs and national bodies to identify, geo-reference, digitise and consolidate existing  information relevant for recovery and development activities. AOAV: What is the UNDP Crisis and Risk Mapping and Analysis […]

Thoughts on violence: Michael Spagat, University of London

Professor Michael Spagat is the Head of the Economics Department at the Royal Holloway, University of London. He holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard and a BA in Economics and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences from Northwestern.  He is also a research fellow of the CEPR, the Davidson Institute and the Households in Conflict […]

Thoughts on Violence: Sana Jaffrey, World Bank

Sana Jaffrey is a violence monitoring expert working for the World Bank in Indonesia. She leads the National Violence Monitoring System, an innovative mechanism to track conflict and violence in several regions. AOAV met her in Geneva to discuss the benefits of using data to inform action on violence. AOAV: What does the World Bank […]

An Eye on Violence: who is keeping a watch on armed violence

There are powerful arguments supporting the monitoring of violence around the world. The current situation in Syria is kept on the front pages in part because journalists are able to report on the terrible numbers impacted by the ongoing civil war. In the Balkans, post-conflict resolution was often only possible because of comprehensive attempts to […]

Jessica Montell

Jessica Montell Executive Director of B’Tselelm Jessica Montell is Executive Director of B’Tselem, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. B’Tselem works to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Topics covered include the use of firearms, allegations of beatings and […]