On average, 740 000 people die as a result of armed violence each year. Increasing youth populations in developing countries and the expansion of ungoverned urban spaces contribute to making armed violence a growing reality in many parts of the world. The intimate linkage between conflict and crime and their adverse impact on development means that armed violence needs to be addressed to effectively realise a wide range of development outcomes, including achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
Evidence suggests that effective interventions to reduce armed violence include participatory assessments, a good evidence base, simultaneous engagement in multiple sectors (reflecting the broad range of interrelated issues and actors involved), at multiple levels (e.g. local, national, regional and global) and over a longer time horizon.
INCAF’s work on armed violence reduction helps the international community understand the causes and dynamics of armed violence and provides expertise and recommendations to help reduce the incidence of armed conflict.
Recent publications include:
Consult the full list of recent publications in the Conflict & Fragility Series.
Additional links and resources:
Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence
Small Arms Survey
World Bank report: Violence in the City (2010)
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