2015 Peace and Human Security Agenda: Armed violence reduction and conventional weapons control

Kenneth Epps

Author Kenneth Epps Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 35 Issue 2 Summer 2014 The Global Burden of Armed Violence estimates that more than 500,000 people are killed annually by armed violence—an average of one death per minute. The vast majority of those killed are either civilians deliberately or indirectly targeted by combatants in armed conflicts or, more often, young men caught up in …

Somaliland: A study in the potential of indigenous resources

Ploughshares

Author Christina Woolner Christina Woolner is currently studying for an MPhil in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. A former program officer with Project Ploughshares, she spent the last two years teaching peace and conflict studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Hargeisa. The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 34 Issue 3 Autumn 2013 Localizing peace: Reflections from …

Youth Armed Violence Interventions: The Caribbean and its Toronto Diaspora

Tasneem Jamal

Author Sandra Chadwick-Parkes This paper was prepared for the Small Arms Working Group of Peacebuild. Project Ploughshares was the Coordinator of the Small Arms Working Group from 2004 through to 2010. The paper is part of a series that explored the relationship between armed violence and development. With 66 per cent of all homicides occurring in countries not experiencing major …

A Lukewarm Response: The Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence proposes an alternative international security paradigm

John Siebert

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2011 Volume 32 Issue 4 In The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962), Thomas Kuhn proposed that dramatic changes periodically take place in the scientific world. Replicable experimentation results in an accumulation of anomalies not easily explained by prevailing theories. A new theoretical explanation—a paradigm shift—is put forward, offering a fuller or more coherent …

Armed Conflict and Armed Violence—An Expanding Policy Lens

John Siebert

Author John Siebert Autumn 2010 Volume 31 Issue 3 Size: 85KB People not in war zones are increasingly subjected to violence perpetrated with weapons. Analysis and responses to insecurity in wars or “armed conflicts”1 have been expanded in recent years to include the circumstances of “armed violence,” that is, violence perpetrated with weapons but not in wars. The expansion of the …

Addressing Armed Violence in East Africa

John Siebert

Authors John Siebert and Kenneth Epps To date, development interventions and disarmament efforts have not routinely been linked in building sustainable development and sustainable peace in response to situations of armed conflict. This is surprising, for it is widely recognized that assistance delivered without sensitivity to conflict dynamics can frustrate problems and destroy the usefulness of investment. Produced by Project …

Advancing Development While Reducing Violence: Lessons from the Field

Kenneth Epps

Author Kenneth Epps The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2008 Volume 29 Issue 4 Living free from the threat of armed violence is a basic human need. It is a precondition for human development, dignity and well-being. —The Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, June 2006 Over 90 countries have endorsed a political declaration that calls on states to reduce armed violence …

Addressing Armed Violence in Development Programming

John Siebert

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2008 Volume 29 Issue 1 “The likelihood of armed conflict affecting states increases as their human development ranking declines.… [F]igures show that 1.6 per cent of the countries ranked as High Development states by the UN Human Development Index (HDI) 2006 experienced one or more armed conflicts during the ten-year period 1997–2006. This figure …

Armed Violence Reduction Through Development Programming: Implications for Canadian policy

Tasneem Jamal

Author David Jackman This paper was prepared for the Small Arms Working Group of Peacebuild. In recent years, development, small arms and security communities have begun to recognize the links between armed violence and development issues. The interest has been driven, on the one hand, by the need to assure sustainable development in the midst of armed conflict and, on …

Armed Violence Reduction and Development Programming: The Canadian experience and status

Tasneem Jamal

Author Cristina M. Yeung This paper was prepared for the Small Arms Working Group of Peacebuild. After the Cold War, Canada recognized the negative impact of armed violence on sustainable development and took active steps to promote and develop a comprehensive approach to peacebuilding. This approach aimed, on the one hand, to ensure the sustainability of development programs which were …