Work areas

The problem of small arms proliferation is multidimensional– that is why such a broad array of organisations around the world are so concerned about it. On this page you will find the latest news and resources on some of the hot topics for groups working against small arms and light weapons.

Latest news

Armed violence and development

In the UK, IANSA member Saferworld hosted a visit of seven Chinese experts on arms and non-proliferation in late 2011.

International trade controls

Arms flows to sub-Saharan Africa have major implications for peace and security in the region, despite seeming small on a global scale. In a new report, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) provides details of arms transfers in the period 2006-2010

Security sector reform

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS), South Africa, has published a Monograph exploring the role of armed private military and security companies in peacekeeping operations in Africa.

UN Small Arms Process

An aide memoire for non-governmental organisations for the Preparatory Committee of the 2012 Review Conference on the Programme of Action on small arms (PoA PrepCom) is now available online.

Stockpile management and security

The Small Arms Survey has released a new report assessing arms and ammunition stockpiles in southeastern Europe by volume, value, and the cost they represent to national defence budgets.

Latest resources

This report by the UN Secretary General came as response to a statement from the UN Security Council in 2007, requesting that they receive a report on small arms every two years

Globally, there is very little information on the true costs of armed violence. This UN manual provides a methodology to allow national researchers to collect and analyse data on the costs of injuries, including gun injuries.

Armed violence and development

Irresponsible arms transfers are undermining many developing countries’ chances of achieving their Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets.

Security sector reform

These extensive guidelines are intended for practitioners of security system reform (SSR), and include many case studies.

This resolution endorses 15 principles for preventing human rights abuses with guns, including abuses committed by state actors (eg law enforcement) and private citizens.