ArmsTracker: Inexpensive Record Keeping Software for the Arms Trade Treaty

Supported by International Assistance donors, the Centre for Armed Violence Reduction is enabling a range of requesting governments to strengthen their national arms control systems in order to implement the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and other arms control instruments.

ArmsTracker, our low-cost, easy-to-use arms management software is designed to prevent the diversion of arms, to control arms transfers and to maintain accurate records of conventional weapons.

ArmsTracker installations are tailor-made for each state, designed and installed free of charge along with staff training to qualifying States and government agencies.

ArmsTracker, along with plans for its 2020 revision will be available to view at the Fifth Conference of States Parties to the ATT (CSP5) in Geneva, 26-31 August 2019.

CAVR’s efforts to build ATT reporting capacity among Small Island and Developing States in the Pacific and elsewhere recognise that most such countries lack an arms transfer database capable of monitoring and regulating the conventional arms trade. This is largely a function of cost, but there can also be a lack of institutional, regulatory, and financial capacity to source, install and manage record-keeping systems.

With financial support from the ATT Voluntary Trust Fund , UNSCAR  and the Governments of Switzerland and Australia, ArmsTracker is available to help small and medium-sized countries establish databases to track and manage import/export licences, arms transfers and legal stockpiles, as well as to generate departmental and national reports at the press of a button. Every installation is custom-built to the needs of each government agency. The software runs on a desktop or a laptop and is by far the most affordable solution available.

Reports can be generated to meet the requirements of each user state or agency, as well as international treaties and obligations.

CAVR ensures that governments and agencies use this software to its maximum capacity by providing technical support with data collection, reporting, and/or amending national legislation in order to help integrate the database into their national control systems.

Developed in Papua New Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire, ArmsTracker has been installed in Samoa and Fiji, and will soon be operational in Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Palau and West Africa’s ECOWAS Secretariat.

For more information on how ArmsTracker can help your state or agency, download our pamphlet. You can also view a short video demonstration of the software at:

For further information, E-mail the ArmsTracker team at: