Whether in the Balkans, Afghanistan or the Arab Spring, pro-government militias have an important impact on conflict, on civilian well being and on the prospects for peace. The pro-government militia (PGM) project aims to increase our understanding of these groups and make their relationship to government more transparent. An important part of the project is the Pro-Government Militias Database (PGMD). It was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK, RES-062-23-0363. Additional support was received from the Working Group “Human Rights, Governance and Conflict” at the Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW) at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).
The PGMD codes information on pro-government militas for all countries from 1981 to 2007. We expect our database to be most useful for examining patterns across countries – although with the amount of information gathered on the groups, we hope the database will provide a useful starting point for country-specific studies as well.
- Locates pro-government militias
- Spans across the globe from 1981 to 2007
- Identifies links between groups and governments
- Identifies various characteristics of PGMs