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Violence Monitoring Systems

Better data is needed to improve our understanding of conflict and violence in Asia, design more effective responses, and measure progress against violence reduction targets set by the Sustainable Development Goals. The Asia Foundation has been supporting the development of violence monitoring systems in Indonesia, Thailand and Nepal, and will soon provide assistance to local partners in Myanmar and Bangladesh. Locally owned and operated, these Violent Incidents Monitoring Systems (VIMS) combine high methodological standards with the advantages of being based in the locations they study to better capture the complexity and diversity of violence. The Foundation provides financial and technical assistance to implementing partners, supports the development of a global community of practitioners, and commissions research based on the data. Read more about violence monitoring. Map of VIMS countries
 

Monitoring Violence in Asia

May 26, 2020

Publication

Better data is needed to understand the drivers and impacts of conflict and violence in Asia, and to monitor progress against the violence reduction targets set by the Sustainable Development Goals. The Asia Foundation has been supporting the development of violence monitoring systems across Asia. Since these systems rely on local sources of inform… Read more

 

Inequality and Identity-Based Conflict: The State of the Evidence

January 17, 2020

Publication

In this paper, Joel Selway from Brigham Young University reviews the academic literature on the linkages between inequality and identity-based conflict, and identifies research gaps that local violent event datasets might help to address. Documents in the Violence Monitoring Working Papers series are produced as part of The Asia Foundation’s Violen… Read more

 

Violence in the Age of Social Media

May 8, 2019

Program Snapshot

In May 2019, The Asia Foundation invited local partners to Bangkok for a discussion on new technologies and their role in escalating or mitigating violence in the region. Panelists included Gullnaz Baig (Facebook), Min Zaw Oo (Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security), Victoire Rio (Myanmar Tech Accountability Network), Prof. Imtiaz Ahmed (Universi… Read more

 

The State of Conflict and Violence in Asia

October 11, 2017

Publication

In response to critical gaps in existing conflict data, The State of Conflict and Violence in Asia presents a concise, evidence-based overview of the complexity of violence in 14 Asian countries, including some of the most entrenched and complex places in the world. Drawing on The Asia Foundation’s own long-standing experience in each country, the… Read more

 

VMWP Series No. 1: An Analysis of the Incidence and Human Costs of Violent Conflicts in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao

April 20, 2017

Publication

The Violence Monitoring Working Papers series includes academic papers based on the VIMS data, as well as methodological papers and other documents related to The Asia Foundation’s violence monitoring program. Papers in this series are not formal publications of The Asia Foundation. In An Analysis of the Incidence and Human Costs of Violent Conflic… Read more

 

Understanding Violence in Southeast Asia: The Contribution of Violent Incidents Monitoring Systems

October 7, 2016

Publication

Three violent incidents monitoring systems (VIMSs) in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand, produce highly granular information on multiple forms of violence in the areas they study. This paper draws on data from the three systems and does the following: First, it updates and fleshes out our understanding of violence in three Southeast Asian co… Read more

 

Violent Incidents Monitoring Systems: A Methods Toolkit

August 3, 2016

Publication

Violent Incidents Monitoring Systems: A Methods Toolkit provides practical guidance to practitioners interested in establishing a violence monitoring system. It also seeks to encourage methodological standardization across systems to make cross-country comparison easier. The guidance provided in this paper draws on the experience and lessons from t… Read more