AOAV tackles small arms proliferation in Sierra Leone

Today is day four of the BMS5 of the Programme of Action for Small Arms and Light Weapons. States are scheduled to continue discussing several points on the agenda, including stockpile management and the implementation of the international tracing instrument. AOAV tackles weapons proliferation in Sierra Leone by helping the Government improve stockpile management, supporting […]

States meet to review small arms programme of action progress

This week sees the Fifth Biennial Meeting of States (BMS5) take place in New York, from the 16th-22nd June, to consider implementation of the UN Programme of Action (PoA) to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects. It has been 13 years since UN member […]

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 […]

Explosive weapons are the biggest cause of child deaths in Syria

More than 70% of the children who have died in Syria’s brutal conflict were killed by explosive weapons, according to a report released on Sunday. Stolen Futures, the new report from the Oxford Research Group, pools together the data sets of four Syrian casualty recording organisations. It has found that 11,420 children had been killed […]

News from the ground: November update on AOAV’s field programmes

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) conducts field-based programming in support of its mission to reduce the incidence and impact of armed violence globally. Utilizing experience and knowledge gained from its research, policy-work, and fieldwork, AOAV conducts evidence-based programming in five countries in West, Central, and North Africa – Burundi, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Western […]

In focus: Geoffrey Duke, South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms

Geoffrey Duke works for the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms. He lives in Juba, South Sudan. AOAV: What does the network do? Geoffrey Duke: The network works to reduce gun violence in South Sudan. Gun violence is an enormous problem here, even after the hostilities between the North and the South. Violence has […]

In focus: Baffour Amoa, West African Action Network on Small Arms

Baffour Amoa is the President of the West African Action Network on Small Arms and Chair of the International Action Network on Small Arms‘ International Advisory Council. AOAV: What is your main job in this role? Baffour Amoa: Primarily to make sure that, in West Africa, we fight against gun violence and the proliferation of small arms and light […]

Beyond the Dirty Dozen: the other killing tools of Syria’s civil war

AOAV’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ lists some of the explosive weapons causing so much harm in Syria. But for all the suffering caused by those explosive weapons in the civil war, they are hardly the only culprits. Here, we take a summary overview of some of the other tools of violence in use by the belligerents – […]

AOAV provides government of Sierra Leone with weapon marking equipment

In an event attended by representatives from the Sierra Leone Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SLeNCSA), the Sierra Leone Government and AOAV, two marking machines were handed to the Sierra Leone Government to aid them in the registering of all arms in the country. With the adoption of the Sierra Leone Arms and […]

Keith Krause

Keith Krause Programme Director of the Small Arms Survey Keith Krause is the Founder and Programme Director of the Small Arms Survey, a research centre providing resources for governments, policy-makers and researchers on all aspects of small arms and armed violence. Their projects include a database on unplanned munitions stockpile explosions, definitions and identification tools […]

Theresa Hitchens

Theresa Hitchens Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) is an autonomous body within the UN tasked with assisting the international community in finding and implementing solutions to disarmament and security challenges. They produce research on weapons of mass destruction, small arms and light weapons, and emerging […]

Michael Christ

Michael Christ Executive Director of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) Michael Christ is Executive Director of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). IPPNW is a federation of national medical organizations of doctors, medical students, and other health workers who share the goal of a more peaceful world. It […]