Expanding ‘disarmament’: reflections from Nepal

19th December 2013
In post-conflict Nepal armed violence is generally low-tech using crude or makeshift weapons such as bicycle chains or sticks, bladed weapons, improvised explosive devices and homemade firearms.

Nepal Working Group on Small Arms logoIn a guest post on the Eldis Conflict and Security readers group blog, Subindra Bogati reflects on the recently concluded UN Disarmament Week  and discusses the findings of the Small Arms Survey's Nepal Armed Violence Assessment (NAVA) programme.

He argues that if international efforts are focusing on "weaponry" we should be looking at all instruments that can drive armed violence - not just the formal military hardware that is the more normally accepted focus of disarmament.

For further  information, see the findings of the Nepal Armed Violence Assessment.