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Small Arms Survey Tools

The Small Arms Survey has developed a set of tools to provide practical assistance in reporting, law enforcement, and peacekeeping efforts.


Global Firearms Holdings

There are more than one billion firearms in the world, the vast majority of which are in civilian hands. The Small Arms Survey estimates that of the one billion firearms in global circulation as of 2017, 857 million (85 per cent) are in civilian hands, 133 million (13 per cent) are in military arsenals, and 23 million (2 per cent) are owned by law enforcement agencies.


Peace Operations Data Set

The Small Arms Survey’s Peace Operations Data Set (PODS) dynamic map documents attacks on peacekeepers and other incidents resulting in the loss of arms and ammunition.

  • Learn more about PODS


The Ammunition Tracing Kit

To allow for more accurate reporting and make findings widely available, the Small Arms Survey has designed and produced the Ammunition Tracing Kit. This user-friendly reference tool enables rapid, reliable, and responsible reporting of small-calibre (under 12.7 mm) ammunition in a variety of circumstances.


Global Violent Deaths: Interactive Maps and Charts of Armed Violence Indicators

The Global Violent Deaths (GVD) database provides expertise that can be used to assess progress made in achieving peaceful, just, and inclusive societies through reductions in violent deaths and illicit arms flows. The Small Arms Survey updates its GVD database annually, which offers comprehensive coverage of homicides, direct conflict deaths, and other violent deaths (unintentional homicides and killings due to legal interventions) from 223 countries and territories reaching back to 2004. It includes data that is disaggregated by sex and by instrument. The GVD database builds on a methodology developed through the Global Burden of Armed Violence work.

The Transparency Barometer on Arms Export Reports

The Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer has been developed to assess and compare countries' transparency in reporting on small arms exports. The Transparency Barometer is based on a set of guidelines and a coding system, taking into account of national reports as well as submissions to UN databases.


Identification and Support Cards

The set of Small Arms ID Cards were launched in 2006 with the objective to aid in the visual identification of a selection of firearms commonly used in contemporary armed conflict and crime. These cards have been requested by peacekeepers and researchers in countries as diverse as Afghanistan and Uganda.


Weapons ID Database

The Survey has developed a comprehensive visual identification system for a broad range of weapons. The database provides a number of filter and search options to identify particular types of weapons as well as downloads of ID sheets for each type of weapon. With well over 30 varieties and copies of the original Kalashnikov assault rifle alone, this database is a valuable tool for any practitioners working in the field of small arms.


Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites

Unplanned explosions at munitions sites (UEMS) are a global problem. A single UEMS incident often results in dozens of casualties and millions of dollars in damages to nearby buildings, infrastructure and homes. Recent research reveals that these incidents are quite common.  The Small Arms Survey has produced an historical overview of every known UEMS event dating back to 1987.


Mapping Actors and Alliances Project in South Sudan

The Mapping Actors and Alliances Project in South Sudan (MAAPSS) is an interactive platform that provides biographical profiles of political and military actors, political parties, and armed groups in South Sudan is now live and available for registration. It provides current information on over 400 actors, and charts connections among political and military alliances and armed groups.

Conflict, Crime and Violence Results Initiative (CCVRI) Resources

The Conflict, Crime and Violence Results Initiative (CCVRI) provides assistance to the country offices of the United Kingdoms Department for International Development (DFID) through a Help Desk function. The organizations involved in the CCVRI are developing guidance and good practice guides on a range of key issues, intended to support DFID country offices and their partners to develop better measures of programme results in difficult conflict and fragile environments.


Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Training

Since 2011, the Small Arms Survey (SAS), together with the International Programme for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET), the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces’ through its International Security Sector Advisory Team (DCAF/ISSAT) have been organizing a training workshop on Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding, Security and Development. This training aims at enhancing skills in design, monitoring and evaluation in the peacebuilding, security, and development sectors.


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