Armed Violence Reduction framework


Acknowledging that communities and individuals are affected by other threats to human security than landmines and unexploded ordnance, the Danish Demining Group (DDG) has developed a comprehensive Armed Violence Reduction (AVR) approach. This aims to reduce the impact of conflict and armed violence by mitigating the threats that small arms and light weapons pose to human security.

By enhancing safety for individuals and communities through AVR initiatives, DDG helps create the preconditions for sustained peace and economic recovery.

In order to provide a coherent strategy for the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all of DDG’s AVR projects, while allowing for local variations, DDG has developed an AVR Framework (2013), which can be downloaded from the right hand side of this page. 

The AVR Framework also serves as a key policy tool for conceptualisation and design of new initiatives. It is designed to encapsulate key concepts, policies, guidelines and best practices. It builds upon the practical experiences gained from DDG’s AVR projects in the field, while also drawing inspiration from established international standards and analytical tools. The systematic use of this framework ensures consistency in how DDG’s AVR activities are designed and managed.

The framework outlines the theoretical foundations for DDG’s AVR work, the theory of change underpinning DDG’s AVR operations and the overall operational guidelines, as well as entry and exit criteria for establishing DDG AVR programmes.

As part of DDG’s policy for transparency, along with a wish exchange and dissemination of information, the DDG AVR framework is made free to use for anyone interested. We hope our partners, fellow colleagues, friends and new visitors to our organisation around the world can make use of it, be inspired and find assistance in proceeding with the daily work for which they are responsible.

The AVR Framework serves as an addition to the overall Danish Refugee Council (DRC) “Programme Handbook”. It is a “living” document, which is regularly updated to accommodate new developments and experiences.