Small arms and light weapons


In regions of present or recent conflict there is often a high prevalence of weapons among trained combatants but also among civilian populations who feel a need to protect themselves and their families. According to the Small Arms Survey research project, an estimated 75% of the world’s firearms are in the hands and houses of civilians, who are often untrained in how to handle the weapons safely, and this poses a great safety risk.

To combat the risks associated with widespread proliferation of small arms and light weapons, and foster a wider ethos of responsibility, DDG works with individuals and communities to increase awareness of the dangers of small arms, encourage safe behaviour when handling firearms, promote safe storage of weapons, restrict accessibility for children and prevent accidents.

DDG also works on a national level to assist governments and international bodies with improved weapons management and small arms control through for example marking, tracing and registration processes.