Founded in late 1989, the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) is an interdisciplinary public policy institute dedicated to the values of democracy and market economy. CSD is a non-partisan, independent organization fostering the reform process in Europe through impact on policy and civil society.
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CSD objectives are: to provide an enhanced institutional and policy capacity for a successful European integration process, especially in the area of justice and home affairs; to promote institutional reform and the practical implementation of democratic values in legal and economic practice; and to monitor public attitudes and serve as a watchdog of the institutional reform process.
Building bridges is the old-fashioned way of bringing together social actors and cementing new alliances. Born as a think-tank, CSD has evolved into policy development through dialogue and partnership. Bringing cutting-edge solutions to transition problems is CSD’s way of keeping the middle ground between academia and social practice.
CSD has pioneered in several areas traditionally perceived as the inviolable public property, such as anti-corruption institutional reform, and national security. CSD believes that bringing a new culture of cooperation and trust in a milieu of inherited fragmentation and opacity is equally rewarding as the achievement of concrete social goals.
The Small Arms Survey is an independent research project located at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. It provides information on all aspects of small arms and armed violence as well as research on small arms issues.
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The Small Arms Survey carries out extensive research on global trends in small arms and armed violence with the aim of providing international and national stakeholders with the data required to have an informed debate and make evidence-based policy decisions. It works to strengthen the capacity of governments and practitioners to reduce illicit arms flows and armed violence generating policy-relevant knowledge, developing authoritative resources and tools, and providing training and other services.
Ecorys is a leading research and consulting company based in Rotterdam. Founded in 1929, the international business focuses on supporting clients to manage the key societal challenges of the present and the future.
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Ecorys has the vision to support clients in tackling the key challenges of society. The team of Ecorys has the objective to deliver change and to make a difference in today’s world. It is dedicated to teamwork, leadership, integrity, entrepreneurship and caring for partners and clients. As an international leading consulting company, Ecorys has offices in nine countries and works closely with international partners. The company combines passion with business professionalism. It provides clients with expert advice to make informed decisions, practical solutions and support to manage change and the implementation of programme management, communications and digital services. The work of Ecorys covers a wide range of sectors, including social policy, regions and cities, transport and infrastructure, security and justice, natural resources, economic growth and public sector reform.
Arquebus Solutions specialises in helping Law Enforcement agencies worldwide reduce the illicit use of small arms and light weapons. It was founded by former senior members of the United Kingdom’s National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) and is Chaired by the ex-Director General of the UK’s National Crime Agency. Field of expertise include firearms investigations, gun registration, intelligence and forensic services.
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Since its establishment in 2012, Arquebus has worked extensively within the global policing and intelligence environments in over 50 countries, collaborating with a variety of law enforcement, government, non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations across the globe, including the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU). Arquebus seeks to develop long-term partnerships with its customers and partners with one goal in mind, to reduce the impact of small arms and light weapons and to make society safer.