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Recent Publications

  • Arms Monitoring in Guinea: A Survey of National Forensic Services, by André Desmarais. Briefing Paper, April 2020 (originally published in French in September 2019). 

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  • Trade Update 2019: Transfers, Transparency, and South-east Asia Spotlight, by Michael Picard, Paul Holtom, and Fiona Mangan. Report, December 2019.

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  • The West Africa–Sahel Connection: Mapping Cross-border Arms Trafficking, by Fiona Mangan and Matthias Nowak. Briefing Paper, December 2019 (also available in French)

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The Transparency Barometer

Assessing and comparing national reports on small arms exports and reporting under multilateral instruments is complicated as their formats differ widely: from a few pages of statistics to several hundred pages of text and tables. The Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer seeks to answer the question : how useful is the data provided for understanding a country's small arms exports?

In order to assess countries’ transparency of their small arms exports, the  Barometer takes into account:

  • national arms export reports, including national contributions to the EU Annual Report on military equipment exports as well as submissions to the SEESAC Regional Report;
  • Arms Trade Treaty initial and annual reports;
  • national reports on the implementation of the UN Programme of Action and International Tracing Instrument;
  • submissions to the UN Register of Conventional Arms (UN Register); including submissions to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE); and
  • submissions to the UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade).

 The Transparency Barometer uses the following seven parameters to assess transparency and for scoring purposes: (i) timeliness, (ii) access and consistency, (iii) clarity, (iv) comprehensiveness; (v) deliveries, (vi) licences granted, and (vii) licences refused.

It is important to stress that the Transparency Barometer evaluates the provision of information on small arms exports and does not seek to independently verify the veracity of that information. In other words, it assesses the quantity, precision, and usefulness of the data made publicly available by countries, but not its accuracy.

Because of its focus on small arms and light weapons exports, the Barometer cannot be used as a general measure of transparency for all arms exports. It includes only countries that have exported small arms and light weapons, their parts, accessories, and ammunition of a value equal to or greater than USD 10 million on at least one occasion since 2001.

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