Investing in Security: A Global Assessment of Armed Violence Reduction Initiatives

Nov. 30, 2011, 3:06 p.m.

The OECD published a report on the effectiveness of efforts to reduce armed violence. The report notes that there is considerable attention on armed conflict but there is little attention on efforts to reduce such violence or to evaluate such efforts. The report maps armed violence reduction initiatives in six countries and provides some evaluation of their effectiveness.  The full report can be found here.

Conservative estimates indicate that at least 740 000 men, women, youth and children die each year as a result of armed violence, most of them in low- and medium-income settings. The majority of these deaths occur in situations other than war, though armed conflicts continue to generate a high incidence of casualties. Approaches to preventing and reducing these deaths and related suffering are becoming increasingly important on the international agenda. In spite of the global preoccupation with the costs and consequences of armed violence, comparatively little evidence exists about how to stem its risks and effects. Virtually no information is available on Armed Violence Reduction and Prevention interventions, much less their effectiveness.

This publication aims to fill this gap. It seeks to generate more understanding of what works and what does not, to stimulate further evaluation and to contribute to more effective and efficient policies and programmes.

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