Options for measuring conflict deaths in Goal 16
This paper is intended as a contribution to the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) as it begins the process of ‘tiering’ and setting standards for global indicators. Specifically, it provides an overview of different approaches to indicator 16.1.2, “Conflict-related deaths per 100,000 population, by sex, age and cause”. It argues Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) data is robust enough for immediate use, but that internationally agreed methodologies will need to be developed for official statistics on conflict deaths.
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Date: March 2016
Author: Håvard Mokleiv Nygård, Thomas Wheeler, Henrik Urdal
Publisher: Saferworld, Peace Research Institute Oslo
In parallel to developing consensus on methods for official statistics on direct conflict deaths, it is imperative that the international community of statisticians and experts develops a measure of indirect conflict deaths, which not only cause more death, but often have a much larger impact on social welfare and wider development.
Nygård, Wheeler, Urdal