Over the past few months, I've been working with Amnesty to help them understand Arms movements between countries. This is a pilot project focusing on Egypt.
Over the last 5 years, Egypt has been in a state of unrest. With Arab Spring, it's become increasingly important to understand how people are obtaining arms. Recent legislation now enforces countries must report their arms imports and exports. How ever there is often a discrepancy between what a country reports to have had imported and what other countries report they have imported to that country. Arms data is difficult to work with, as it's broken and discontinuous across sources; from countries direct annual reports, statistical offices, Comtrade and SIPRI. The USD values and arms numbers can dramatically differ. The aim of this project is an attempt to find as close to the truth as possible.
The project consisted of a number of internal processes to assist in Amnesty's data gathering and analysis. Then a set of prototyped data visualisations focusing on Egypt and its relationship with other countries. The visualusation is still a work in progress and we hope to release it soon!