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The Partnership brings together various organizations with knowledge in arms control programming, providing a space in which they can disseminate resources and tools pertaining to their particular expertise in small arms and light weapons processes.

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Armament Research Services

Armament Research Services (ARES) is a specialist technical intelligence consultancy, offering expertise and analysis to a range of government and non-government entities in the arms and munitions field. ARES fills a critical market gap, and offers unique technical support to other actors operating in the sector. Drawing on the extensive experience and broad-ranging skillsets of their staff and contractors, ARES delivers full-spectrum research and analysis, technical review, training, and project support services. ARES services are often delivered in support of national, regional, and international initiatives, and can be conducted in both permissive and non-permissive environments.

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The Bonn International Center for Conversion

The Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) deals with global topics in the field of peace and conflict research centring on problems of organized violence. Its topics range from the (de)mobilization of violent actors, arms exports and small arms control, to the meaning of organized violence for global migration and the use of natural resources. BICC carries out trans-disciplinary, applied research, which lays the foundation for its policy advice and contributions to public debates.

BICC is a think tank with international staff. It was founded in 1994 and is a member of the Johannes-Rau-Research Community. BICC’s Director of Research holds a chair for Peace and Conflict Research at Bonn University. The Center receives annual core funding by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Its donors come from German and international research institutions, Federal ministries and international organizations.

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Conflict Armament Research

Established in 2011, Conflict Armament Research (CAR) generates unique evidence on weapon supplies into armed conflicts in order to inform and support effective weapon management and control.

CAR investigation teams work on the ground in active armed conflicts. The teams document weapons at the point of use and track their sources back through the chains of supply. CAR teams investigate weapons in a variety of conflict-related situations—be they recovered by state security forces, surrendered at the cessation of hostilities, cached, or held by insurgent forces.

CAR is committed to working towards understanding the landscape of illicit weapon flows and to mitigating the supply of conventional arms to unauthorised users, including insurgent and terrorist forces. By aggregating data on thousands of individual weapon transfers, CAR provides the evidence-based information required to develop effective weapon management and control.

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Danish Demining Group

Danish Demining Group (DDG) is the Armed Violence Reduction and Humanitarian Mine Action Unit in the Danish Refugee Council (DRC).

DDG operates in some of the most fragile and conflict-affected places in the world. The focus is on those countries most affected by landmines and other explosive remnants of war as well as widespread proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

DDG seeks to utilise regional and cross-border synergies where possible and prefers to operate in countries where the Danish Refugee Council already has a presence in order to strengthen the link between DDG’s Mine Action and Armed Violence Reduction and DRC’s emergency interventions and longer-term development programmes.

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The Flemish Peace Institute

The Flemish Peace Institute is a paraparliamentary organisation within the Flemish Parliament (Belgium). It was established in 2004. The Peace Institute’s mission is to contribute to a more peaceful society, in Flanders and worldwide, by thoroughly examining and analysing developments related to peace and conflict. The Peace Institute presents in-depth analyses, provides information and organises open debates. It recommends measures to promote peace and prevent violence.

In its research programme on arms trade and weapons use, the Peace Institute examines legislation and policy concerning:

  • the legal and illegal arms trade;
  • export control systems for conventional arms and dual use products; and
  • domestic gun policy.

The Peace Institute consists of a Board of Directors, a Scientific Council and a Scientific Secretariat. The broad civil society of Flanders is represented in the Board of Directors. The internationally assembled Scientific Council supervises the research activities of the Scientific Secretariat. For its operation, the Peace Institute receives a working allowance from the Flemish Parliament.

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The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining

The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) is an expert organisation working to reduce the impact of mines, cluster munitions and other explosive hazards, in close partnership with mine action organisations and other human security actors. The GICHD supports the ultimate goals of mine action: saving lives, returning land to productive use and promoting development. Based at the Maison de la Paix in Geneva, the GICHD employs around 55 staff members from over 15 different nations. This makes the GICHD a unique and international centre of mine action expertise and knowledge. Thier work is made possible by core contributions, project funding, and in-kind support from more than 20 governments and organisations.

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The Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security

The Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security (GRIP) is an independent research institute founded in Brussels in 1979. With its 20 permanent staff members and a network of dozens of associated researchers from different countries, GRIP has acquired a recognised expertise in armament and disarmament issues (production, legislation, transfer control, non-proliferation), conflict prevention and crisis management (particularly in West and Central Africa), European integration in the area of defence, as well as in strategic challenges in the Asia-Pacific region and on issues related to security and climate change.

As a publisher its mission of disseminating information is further pursued through its numerous publications and public activities. In 1990 it was designated as 'Peace Messenger' by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, for its 'precious contribution on peace promotion'.

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With more than 190,000 pages of news, data and comparative charts, and visited by 1.5 million uniquely identifiable users per year, is the world's most comprehensive and accessible web source for published evidence on armed violence, firearm law and gun is hosted by the Sydney School of Public Health, the University of Sydney. The School provides internationally recognised leadership in public health by advancing and disseminating knowledge—in this case, supporting global efforts to prevent gun injury.With its partners and contributors, promotes the public health model of firearm injury prevention, as adopted by the World Health Organisation's Global Campaign for Violence Prevention and the United Nations Programme of Action on Small Arms.

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Instituto Sou da Paz

The Sou da Paz Institute is a Brazilian NGO that works to reduce violence based on three pillars: technical knowledge and research, development of new public policies and mobilization both from strategic political actors and broader society.

Sou da Paz worked to design and approve the current Brazilian gun control statute, and continues working to strengthen its implementation through identifying best practices, tracing the origins of seized firearms, redesigning police work flows, and promoting multi-agency cooperation. Since 2002, Sou da Paz has also worked in the international  arena, cooperating with several organisations and contributing to the implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action (PoA) and the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). 

As a natural evolution on the theme of armed violence, Sou da Paz also develops studies to understand homicides patterns in different regions, as well as police killings and victimization, and best practices on homicides investigation and on policies to reduce recidivism. These research projects are to be transformed into public policy proposals, taking into account public debate and advocacy.

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The Pacific Small Arms Action Group

The Pacific Small Arms Action Group (PSAAG) was formed in July 2009 to coordinate civil society action to reduce the deadly impact of small arms and light weapons in our region. PSAAG facilitates Pacific implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action on Small Arms and promotes activation of the legally binding UN Arms Trade Treaty. We also use our civil society networks and expertise to support local, national and regional initiatives that tackle armed violence in our region, especially where it undermines justice, human security, development, public health, gender equity and human rights.

As the only Pacific-based coalition focused on armed violence we facilitate coordination, information sharing and lobbying between governments, UN and regional bodies, NGOs and other stakeholders. PSAAG publishes and disseminates evidence-based research and policy analysis and supports partners in local initiatives to reduce and prevent armed violence while reducing the proliferation of firearms in our region.

Currently, the Centre for Armed Violence Reduction (CAVR) holds the position of Secretariat for the Pacific Small Arms Action Group.

» Visit the PSAAG website