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About the Small Arms Survey

The Small Arms Survey in Brief

The Small Arms Survey provides expertise on all aspects of small arms and armed violence. 

As a global centre of excellence, the Small Arms Survey generates evidence-based, impartial, and policy-relevant knowledge and analysis on small arms and armed violence issues for governments, policy-makers, researchers, and civil society. The Survey is a project of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Survey has an international staff with expertise in security studies, political science, law, economics, development studies, sociology, and criminology. About half of the Survey’s team is based in Geneva. The Survey also has an office in Washington DC.

Objectives and resources

Our main objective is to reduce the illicit proliferation of small arms and light weapons and their impacts.

To achieve this objective, we generate policy-relevant research and analysis, and provide both resources (publications, podcasts and a wide range of relevant outputs) and services (training and capacity-building). 

The Small Arms Survey also manages five major global databases: 

All Small Arms Survey resources are available online, many in several languages at

International Programme Council

The International Programme Council is the Small Arms Survey's oversight body. It includes representatives from governments, research institutes, and non-governmental organizations. It meets twice a year and is responsible for approving the broad strategic direction, administration, and budget of the project, as well as for offering advice and counsel to the Director and Director of Programmes

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