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Armed Violence Reduction in Central Mali: A Community-based Approach 

According to the Small Arms Survey, around 526,000 persons are killed every year as a result of armed violence, and many more sustain injuries requiring medical and rehabilitative care that severely impacts their lives. In West Africa, the propagation of small arms and light weapons (SALW) escalates armed conflicts and affects the security and the stability of the entire Sahel region.

Publication: The Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction. Issue 20.2

Publication date: July 2016

About the authors: 

Sonia Pezier worked for the UNMAS Mali program. She holds a Master’s in international humanitarian law and humanitarian crisis management from the Université Paul Cézanne (France).



Jean-Denis Larsen was the program manager for DanChurchAid (DCA) in Mali from January 2014 to January 2016, and is now posted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He holds a Master’s in Economics from the Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) and has extensive experience in project management.