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Press Release: Second Commemoration of Sarah Meek's Death
22 October 2008

Press Release: the Second Commemoration of Sarah Meek`s Death

On 26 October, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) commemorates the passing away of Sarah Meek, in a car accident near Pretoria, South Africa in 2006.

Sarah was the Head of Development of the ISS and previously Head of the Arms Management Programme (AMP). Sarah played a central role in the development of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), a global coalition of NGOs working on firearm (small arms and light weapons) injury/mortality prevention through policy change and practical action at the international, regional and national levels. Under her direction AMP became a pre-eminent arms control and disarmament unit with a particular focus on applied policy research within Africa. Sarah was also a Small Arms Survey (SAS) International Programme Council member, and during her tenure as Head of AMP, galvanized a strong working relationship with SAS.

To share her inspiration, the Institute for Security Studies and Small Arms Survey have recently established the Sarah Meek Memorial Fellowship on Arms Control and Disarmament in order to provide Africans with a keen interest in arms control and disarmament issues the opportunity to gain exposure to the international policy research community and to develop the necessary skills to undertake effective policy-orientated research on disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control.

The fellowship entails the successful candidate spending three months with the ISS in South Africa and three months with the SAS in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Fellowship will continue her tradition of working locally while thinking globally - building on Sarah`s legacy.


Issued by the Institute for Security Studies
22 October 2008