A brief history of the Every Casualty project

Every Casualty was initiated in 2007 as a project at the Oxford Research Group (ORG, UK Registered Charity No. 299436) with seed funding from The Funding Network. Its founders at ORG were John Sloboda (then ORG's Executive Director) and Hamit Dardagan (ORG's consultant on civilian casualties), who together had co-founded the Iraq Body Count project. As practitioners themselves they were keenly aware of the need for casualty recording to be widely adopted as a norm for all armed conflicts throughout the world.

ORG then undertook extensive international consultations involving, among others, exemplary practitioners, experts in international humanitarian law, human rights advocates, social scientists, and specialists from organisations such as the WHO and ICRC.

These consultations confirmed the basis, aims and scope of the Every Casualty programme (until 2011 called Recording Casualties of Armed Conflict, RCAC) initiating two carefully defined, complementary long-term activity streams: practice and policy.

By 2014 casualty recording as an issue and as promoted by the Every Casualty Programme had gained such wide interest, from UN Member states, the UN Secretary General, intergovernmental bodies and a wide range of civil society organisations around the world, that it was agreed that a stand-alone NGO should be formed to carry the work forward. The company Every Casualty Worldwide was formed with charitable objects to take the work forwards from October 2014.  

Major milestones since its inception in 2007 include: