The Small Arms Survey is an independent research project located at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. It serves as the principal international source of public information on all aspects of small arms and armed violence and as a resource for governments, policymakers, researchers, and civil society. The Small Arms Survey commissions research and conducts collaborative projects with independent researchers, international organizations, governmental entities, UN agencies, research organizations, NGOs, and partner institutions throughout the world. Findings from resulting field research are presented in the project's various publications.
10 June 2020
| Dataset date: December 31, 2018-December 31, 2018
The Small Arms Survey tracks statistics on violent deaths and compiles them in its Global Violent Deaths (GVD) database. Within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), states have pledged to ‘[p]romote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels’ (SDG 16). The first target identified under this goal, Target 16.1, commits all states to ‘[s]ignificantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere'.
The GVD database, updated annually, provides a tool for assessing progress in implementing Target 16.1. It contains data starting from 2004 and includes datasets on direct conflict deaths, homicides, violent deaths by firearms—including the prevalence of firearms-related killings of women, as well as figures for women victims of lethal violence more generally.
The database contains data from 2004 and includes direct conflict deaths and homicide data sets as well data on 'unintentional homicides' and 'legal interventions deaths'. The database served as the backbone of the Global Burden of Armed Violence reports. Data will be updated and shared once a year.
28 July 2021
| Dataset date: January 01, 1979-December 31, 2019
The UEMS Database gathers information on accidental explosions of abandoned, damaged, improperly stored, or properly stored stockpiles of ammunition and explosives at munitions sites. It documents more than 600 incidents occurred from 1979 onwards and it is periodically updated. The UEMS Database provides details on the location, the number of casualties (fatalities and injuries) as well as the alleged cause of the incident, depending on available information.