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Small Arms and Armed Violence in Papua New Guinea: Developing a demand-reduction agenda

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posted on 2021-11-13, 22:31 authored by Gibbons, Bradley James

The Papua New Guinea government has adopted a range of measures aimed at reducing the supply of illicit small arms and light weapons in response to persistent problems with their use in inter-communal fighting and crime. However, these measures have been largely ineffective at reducing the level of armed violence in PNG, in part because of the failure to also address the demand that exists for these weapons. A nascent demand reduction agenda has emerged at the local level throughout Papua New Guinea in response to the failure of the national government to adequately address small arms and armed violence problems. This thesis provides a detailed overview of national, regional and international initiatives to address small arms issues and examines how they have been implemented in PNG. It then examines initiatives by local community groups and NGOs that are aimed at reducing small arms and armed violence and considers how successful they have been.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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International Relations

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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Master of Arts

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940302 International Aid

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Awarded Research Masters Thesis



Victoria University of Wellington School

School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations


Capie, David