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
 

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

Photo from Mindanao, Philippines: soldier at a checkpoint. 

Local Data Sheds New Light on Violence in Southeast Asia

November 16, 2016

Blog

In the last few months, a spate of coordinated bomb attacks in Thailand days after a constitutional referendum, new bloodshed in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, and violent protests in the lead-up to gubernatorial elections in Jakarta, have served as a somber reminder of the violence that simmers under the surface of an otherwise relatively stable and eco… Read more

 

Monitoring Violence in Asia

October 20, 2016

Publication

Better data is needed to improve our understanding of and responses to conflict and violence in Asia. Such data is also needed 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. Locally owned and rely… 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

 

Responding to Conflict in Asia: Why Good Data is Needed

December 16, 2015

Blog

The new set of post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals includes for the first time a target that specifically sets out to promote peaceful and inclusive societies, marking an increase in awareness that peace and security is critical for sustainable development.