A Collaborative Approach To Small Arms Control In West Africa (BMS8 side event)

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 29 June, 2022

The Government of Sierra Leone, and the Small Arms Survey invite you to a roundtable discussion on identifying points of convergence between arms control initiatives and other processes relevant to the UN framework on sustaining peace, building on experience from West Africa.

Based on the case of Sierra Leone, the event will highlight how new-generation small arms national action plans (NAPs) can enhance the effectiveness of national policies and donor interventions across West Africa by linking with other relevant processes focusing on:

Towards More Tenacious Teamwork: On the Collaboration Between the WPS and Small Arms Control Communities

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 3 June, 2022

The Security Council has stated that: 'the illicit transfer, destabilizing accumulation, and misuse of small arms and light weapons fuel armed conflicts and have a wide range of […] consequences […], including the disproportionate impact on violence against women and girls and exacerbating sexual and gender-based violence in conflict.'

At Whose Risk? Understanding States Parties’ Implementation of Arms Trade Treaty Gender-based Violence Provisions

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 31 March, 2022

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is the first legally binding agreement linking international conventional arms transfers to gender-based violence (GBV), but there has been limited practical application of these specific provisions to date.

Nigeria: National Small Arms and Light Weapons Survey

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 9 March, 2022

This report documents the findings of the first ever national assessment of small arms prevalence and impacts in Nigeria. The National Small Arms and Light Weapons Survey (NSALWS), implemented in 2016 by Nigeria’s Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM), was conducted to better understand the prevalence, proliferation, perception, use and impacts of small arms in Nigeria. The Small Arms Survey supported PRESCOM on survey methodology and analysis, and with the provision of training on survey methods specific to small arms.

Do UN Arms Embargoes ‘Work’? It Depends on How You Define Success.

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 30 November, 2021

This blog post was published as part of the Global Partnership on Small Arms project, which was managed by the Small Arms Survey and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

The Global Partnership on Small Arms was a platform where stakeholders engaged in reducing or preventing illicit arms trafficking were able to interact; exchange information, experience, and knowledge; and give feedback to further their shared goals.

La Convention de Kinshasa sur les armes légères entre en vigueur: et après?

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 30 November, 2021

This blog post was published as part of the Global Partnership on Small Arms project, which was managed by the Small Arms Survey and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

The Global Partnership on Small Arms was a platform where stakeholders engaged in reducing or preventing illicit arms trafficking were able to interact; exchange information, experience, and knowledge; and give feedback to further their shared goals.

Keeping Current: The SADC Firearms Protocol Update

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 18 October, 2021

'Though the causes and factors driving conflicts in the [...] SADC region have varied over the past 20 years, illicit firearms and ammunition have continued to remain a common feature. In fact, the region suffers of one of the highest rates of violent deaths by firearms per 100,000 population in the world. To tackle these issues, the SADC member states adopted the Protocol on the Control of Firearms, Ammunition, and other Related Materials (the SADC Firearms Protocol).

Shots in the Dark: The 2008 South Sudan Civilian Disarmament Campaign (HSBA Working Paper 16)

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 25 September, 2021

In  an  effort  to  consolidate  its  authority,  eliminate  rival  bases  of  power,  and reduce inter-tribal violence, the president of the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) authorized the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and state author-ities to conduct a six-month civilian disarmament campaign across South Sudan from June through the end of November 2008. The campaign followed previ-ous local ad hoc civilian disarmament initiatives in Lakes and Jonglei States in 2006 and elsewhere before that.

Forensic Forays: Using X-ray Technology to Analyse Modified and Converted Firearms

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 September, 2021

'Europe and the UK along with it, have some of the strictest laws regarding the possession of firearms. However, this alone does not stop the use of firearms in crime; partly due to the prevalence of modified and converted firearms seen throughout the continent which are being used by criminals, from gang-related street violence to terror attacks...'