Advancing the Capacities of the Ministry of Interior in the SALW-Control-Related Field, Phase II

The project under implementation by UNDP Serbia represents the second phase of the project implemented through UNDP’s Funding Windows regional project, aiming at improving the quality of investigations through valid forensic evidence. This will result in better evidence-based decision and argumentation of the Prosecutor, which will contribute to overall fair legal proceedings and merit penalties from the justice system for the perpetrators of criminal offenses. 

Specifically, the project will focus on further strengthening the capacities of the crime investigation units and the ballistic laboratories throughout Serbia on their way to accreditation. In addition to firearms examinations, this phase of the project will also include investigations of arson and explosion accidents, strengthening the capacities of the new Unit for arson, explosion and accident investigation, and improving overall capacities for explosion/explosive investigation. Finally, the project will include the development of the new Weapon Registry System through the provision of equipment and training.

The project contributes to Roadmap Goals 1, 2, 3, 5 and key performance indicators 3, 4, 5, 9, 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.

Budget: US$1,429,520

Implementing period: January 2021 – July 2023