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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.


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.


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.


Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites (UEMS): Excess Stockpilers as Liabilities rather than Assets

The interactive online version of the Handbook Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites (UEMS): Excess Stockpilers as Liabilities rather than Assets provides an overview of the subject and offers details of the actors who undertake activities or provide services with a goal of securing munitions safely or identifying and destroying surplus munitions, listed both by type and by the activities they engage in.


Regional Organizations and the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms (PoA)

Regional organizations have been addressing the problem of the illicit trade in small arms since the 1990s. It is against this backdrop and with this appreciation that the Small Arms Survey undertook to create this handbook and online resource. The present Handbook provides a wealth of information on regional activities—including some surprising and little-known facts.


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.


Interactive Maps and Charts of Armed Violence Indicators

The Global Burden of Armed Violence reports, released in 2008, 2011 and 2015, take an integrated approach to the complex and volatile dynamics of armed violence around the world, bringing into sharp focus the wide-ranging costs of conflict and crime on development. The interactive maps and charts on this page refer to important indicators of armed violence.

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