Towards the recording of every casualty: methods research launch at USIP

First published 1st Nov 2012

On October 22, 2012, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) hosted a roundtable discussion to launch the findings of Oxford Research Group (ORG)'s two year research project into casualty recording practice, which mainly focused on the work of NGOs. The panelists and participants discussed how the recording of conflict casualties is often done by NGOs where there is a lack of official recording. The motivations behind and benefits of casualty recording were also examined by the panelists.

ORG's study investigated the work of 40 casualty recorder groups and individuals, based in different conflict and post-conflict environments. It showed that, despite widespread neglect, recording casualties is practicable. USIP was the co-funder of the project, together with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland. For more information on the study, and for all its outputs, which include a policy paper aimed at a wider audience and a collection of papers for recording practitioners, see the methods research page.

The launch event

A recording of the launch event is available here: