Our Vision

Participants at arms control workshop in Cambodia
Photo Credit: NISEA

We all have a right to live free from fear and want, yet each day as many as 1,400 people die in lethal violence. [1]

This reveals only a portion of the pain and devastation. Thousands more are injured each day, while armed violence brings much broader impacts as men with guns prevent access to healthcare and education, delay gender equality and destroy economies. [2] Despite the damage done, few nations have adequate arms control legislation. [3] The Centre is committed to reducing the threat of armed violence around the world, partly by slowing the illicit flow of small arms and preventing their misuse.

Based in Sydney, we are specialists in sustainable development, injury prevention, arms control and security. We take as our guide this Post-2015 Development Agenda statement to the United Nations: “Without peace, there can be no development. Without development, there can be no enduring peace.” [4]

Who We Are

The Centre was founded in 2012 by Alistair Gee, then CEO of Act For Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia, and Philip Alpers, director of GunPolicy.org, an organisation which provides accurate and up to date information on armed violence around the world. The founding directors and staff of CAVR have many years of experience designing and running development programmes around the world and armed violence reduction research, policy and monitoring tools. Meet our team here.

What We Do

Partnering with governments, NGOs and civil societies around the world, CAVR provides capacity-building and technical expertise to assist governments in achieving their armed violence reduction and arms control goals. The Centre also develops research and context-specific policy recommendations. Find out more about how we work here.

CAVR hosts the Secretariat of the Pacific Small Arms Action Group (PSAAG). The Centre and PSAAG work closely together to support the implementation of armed violence reduction measures throughout the Pacific, and to facilitate coordination and information sharing between Pacific states.

The Centre for Armed Violence Reduction is a charity registered in Australia, ABN 62 161 762 778.