Explosive Violence in August 2015

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. In August 2015, AOAV recorded  casualties of explosive violence worldwide, 82% of whom were […]

Explosive States- Monitoring explosive violence in 2014: Ground-launched weapons

Ground-launched explosive weapons Ground-launched explosive weapons were responsible for 8,088 civilian casualties in 2014 (25% of the total recorded). 90% of casualties were civilians. This is higher than the proportion recorded from IED attacks (85%), and aerial attacks (61%). Mortars caused 3,000 civilian casualties in 15 countries. This is a 53% increase from 2013. Six […]

A Picture of Violence

Data and information on armed violence are increasingly being presented in a range of visually striking and engaging ways. But are these visualisation programmes just glossy and insubstantial toys or do they offer something more? The Mapping Arms Data Visualization App was developed by the Peace Research Institute Oslo and the Igarapé Institute.  Based on […]

In focus: Nate Haken, Senior Associate at The Fund for Peace

Nate Haken provides strategic support to PIND’s Partners for Peace project. One of his key projects is the peacebuilding map, Nigeria’s first interactive web map tracing both incidents of violence and responses to it. AOAV and the National Working Group on Armed Violence have contributed data on over 200 “partners of peace” tackling the violence. Nate […]

Thoughts on Violence: Héctor Guerra

Mexican activist and academic Héctor Guerra explains why the levels of armed violence in Mexico remind of a conflict zone and how the issue is going beyond the traditional hot spots.

Third progress report on the Liberian Armed Violence Observatory

The Third Liberian Armed Violence Observatory (LAVO) Report reveals an increase in the number of incidents being submitted to the observatory throughout 2012. There is a notable increase in reports from rural areas in particular. This report presents the findings from 20 months of analysed armed violence data between May 2011 and December 2012. Read the full report here.

UN Programme of Action on SALW: Casualty recording and recognising victims’ rights

In partnership with Article 36, Oxford Research Group and IKV-Pax Christi, AOAV has developed an advocacy sheet calling on states to recognise the urgent need to strengthen casualty recording and ensure the rights of the victims of armed violence.

Second progress report on the Liberian Armed Violence Observatory

This second Liberian Armed Violence Observatory (LAVO) report is based on data from a full year of observation – May 2011 to April 2012. It demonstrates the LAVO’s improved capacity to monitor the incidence of armed violence in Liberia in order to inform effective measures to address the problem. Armed violence data is organised by […]

States’ capacities to address armed violence in Latin America and the Caribbean AOAV-SEHLAC, May 2012

This report looks at national capacities to address the issue of armed violence of 12 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

First progress report on the Liberian Armed Violence Observatory

The Liberian Armed Violence Observatory (LAVO) was established in March 2011. Since then, a multi-stakeholder working group has been working to establish the observatory and develop a collaborative facility to collect and analyze data. This constitutes the first LAVO report, presenting data on armed violence collected from official sources for the period 15 April to […]

Amsterdam Civil Society Conference on Armed Violence

In January 2011, 34 representatives of civil society organisations and independent experts met in Amsterdam to share experiences on how to address the problem of armed violence. The Conference established two separate sets of principles, one on measurement and monitoring and one on victim assistance.

Instruments for measuring armed violence in Latin America and the Caribbean

This document offers an overview of existing government efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean to measure and monitor armed violence. It looks at types of data collected, at the institutions in charge of collecting the information and it analyses some of the issues related to the use of the collected data. This is a […]