The Western Balkans Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Control Roadmap Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) was established by UNDP, UNODC and the UN MPTF Office as a key funding mechanism for the implementation of the Roadmap. It enables a platform to strengthen coordination, planning and communication among the donors, implementing partners and national authorities, and develop synergies among different players involved in this programmatic area. It also reduces risks to governments and financial contributors through a comprehensive risk and results-based management system.
The Trust Fund supports projects implemented in the area of SALW control that contribute to the achievement of the Roadmap goals and are in line with the priorities of the targeted jurisdictions.
The Trust Fund governance structure is comprised of the Steering Committee, the Secretariat and the Administrative Agent.
The Steering Committee consists of representatives from the implementing organizations (UNDP and UNODC), Germany, France and the EU, and top three donors of the Trust Fund. The Steering Committee provides general oversight, overall accountability and the strategic direction of the Trust Fund. It also decides on the allocation of funds, oversees the implementation of funded projects and keeps track of the overall progress towards the planned results.
The functions of the Secretariat are performed by SEESAC. The Secretariat is responsible for the programmatic coordination and monitoring of the Trust Fund, providing technical and management support to the Steering Committee. The Secretariat is not part of the Steering Committee and does not have the right to vote.
The Trust Fund is administered by the MPTF Office.
First call for project proposals:
The first call for project proposals was launched in 2019 and 4 projects were approved for funding:
Halting Arms and Lawbreaking Trade (HALT) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, implemented by UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina and UNODC, in the period March 2020 - December 2021, with a budget of US$2,200,000. The project aims to enhance the capacities of the Indirect Taxation Authority (i.e. the Customs Authority in BiH) to better combat illicit arms trafficking through development of standard operating procedures, provision of training, and procurement of specialized equipment for the detection of smuggled firearms. The project also contributes to strengthened cooperation and information exchange between the Indirect Taxation Authority and other institutions at the national and regional levels through joint trainings, working visits, and cross-border operations. The BiH Border Police, postal agencies, private companies and the criminal justice sector in BiH are also engaged for increased sustainable results.
Support to Combating Illicit Arms Trafficking in Kosovo* for Criminal Police (CPIAT), implemented by UNDP Kosovo, in the period March 2020 - December 2021, with a budget of US$660,000. Through the provision of specialized training and equipment, the project supports the Kosovo Police in strengthening their capacities to better detect and increasingly confiscate firearms, components and ammunition, and improve the quality of investigations.
Criminal Justice Response Against Arms Trafficking (regional project), implemented by UNODC, in the period March 2020 - December 2021, with a budget of US$1,900,000. The project supports the six Western Balkans jurisdictions to strengthen their criminal justice response to firearms related criminality, particularly illicit arms trafficking. Specifically, the project supports the Western Balkans authorities in the harmonization of the national firearms legislation and relevant criminal and procedural law provisions with the UN Firearms Protocol. The project also works with the Western Balkans authorities in strengthening their capacities to detect, investigate and prosecute firearms trafficking and its links to other serious crimes, through improved guidelines and standard operating procedures, specialized training, information exchange and regional cooperation.
Urgent Action on Ammunition Destruction - Project EXPLODE+, implemented by UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the period March 2020 - May 2021, with a budget of US$583,546. The project supports the Ministry of Defence of BiH in the destruction of 91 tons of unsafe ammunition, contributing to reduced stockpiles of surplus ammunition and thus to higher safety and security for storage facilities and local communities nearby.
*References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).