ISACS Assessment Tool downloaded by 134 organisations in 54 countries

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The interactive ISACS world map, showing where, how and by whom ISACS are being used around the world, has been viewed almost 2,000 times.  

At the end of 2016, the ISACS Assessment Tool has been downloaded by 134 organisations spanning 54 countries.  

Developed by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), this powerful software tool enables governments to conduct national self-assessments that compare existing national small arms controls with international standards, thus identifying priority areas that may be in need of strengthening.  The Assessment Tool can also be used by UN entities, regional organisations, governments and civil society to help design and evaluate national and regional small arms control programmes.  

In a recent survey conducted by the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit:

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  • 100% of respondents said that they had not experienced any problems in downloading or installing the Assessment Tool.
  • 61% said they had made use of the online training materials for the Assessment Tool.
  • 35% said they had received additional training on using the Assessment Tool.
  • 23% said they had trained others on using the Assessment Tool.
  • 45% said they had used the Assessment Tool in their work, including:
    • "For PSSM expert work"
    • "For work by UNMACC in the DRC in assisting FARDC"
    • "To establish a framework for national arms control gap analysis"
    • "For training UN police officers in Darfur"
    • "To prepare and conduct arms and ammunition management baseline assessments in conflict areas"
    • "For a consultancy assignment on synergies between various arms control instruments"
    • "Training UNMAS team"
    • "For a training workshop in Fiji”

Following on from an extensive series of regional training-of-trainers workshops carried out by UNIDIR and the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit, two further trainings on the ISACS Assessment Tool were carried out in 2016 in West Africa in the context of the UNDP-implemented ECOWAS-EU SALW Project and the UNREC project on PSSM in the Sahel.  

Acknowledgement: UNODA Political Affairs Intern, Jihan Abdalla, updated the interactive ISACS map, designed and conducted the survey on the ISACS Assessment Tool and analysed its results.  

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