Strengthening the Capacities of the Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation System to Improve Criminal Justice Response to SALW

Implementing period: December 2023 – September 2025

Budget: $1,149,180

The overall objective of the project Implemented by UNDP North Macedonia is to modernize the forensic and crime scene investigation (CSI) units in North Macedonia to improve the quality of handling crime scenes and collecting of evidence thus leading to better investigations, strengthened bilateral and international exchange of evidence and a more efficient criminal justice system.

The project interventions will upgrade ballistic facilities and operations of MoI’s Forensics Department, as well as enhance analytical, technical and investigative capacities of the CSI units. In addition, the project will contain a gender perspective dedicated to preventing gender-based violence, focusing in particular on gender sensitization of CSI staff, as well as improving the tracking of domestic violence cases that involve firearms through a separate module in the Police Information Management System (IMS) of North Macedonia.

The project contributes to Roadmap Goals 1, 2, 3, 4 and key performance indicators 2, 3, 9, 10 and 14 of the Roadmap for a sustainable solution to the illegal possession, misuse and trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons and their ammunition in the Western Balkans.