The regional project Support to the implementation of the Roadmap for a sustainable solution to the illegal possession, misuse and trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and their ammunition in the Western Balkans was established in 2019 as a funding mechanism for addressing key challenges in the implementation of the Roadmap and for further supporting the progress made by the Western Balkans jurisdictions in this sense. The regional project provides the framework for a coordinated approach of the SALW control efforts conducted by the UNDP Offices in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, facilitating knowledge and experience sharing, and better guidance towards addressing the specific SALW control needs of the Wester Balkans jurisdictions. The project covers a wide array of topics from countering illicit arms trafficking to enhancing ballistic capacities and security upgrade of SALW storages, and has enabled the implementation of pilot and flagship projects in the areas of gender and SALW control, ballistics, and countering illicit arms trafficking that can be scaled up or replicated in different jurisdictions through the Western Balkans SALW Control Roadmap Multi Partner Trust Fund.
The regional project is coordinated by UNDP SEESAC and funded by the Federal Foreign Office, Germany, through a EUR 5.5 million contribution provided through the UNDP Funding Windows.
Results achieved so far include the destruction of 1,439 pieces of ammunition in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which decreased the risk of uncontrolled explosions and enabled a safer environment for development. Also in Bosnia and Herzegovina, UNDP worked with the Border Police to counter illicit arms trafficking and scale up a unified approach to processing crimes related to arms smuggling. In Kosovo, the project supported border police and customs officer to increase the detection of illicit weapons, ammunition and explosives, and of polymer-made firearms through the procurement of five K9-dogs. In Serbia, the project led to increased understanding of the dominant narrative employed by the media when reporting on cases of SALW misuse in the context of domestic violence, through a qualitative analysis of the media reporting on SALW misuse.
Further details about the projects funded through UNDP’s Funding Windows Regional Project are available in the sub-sections or in the links below:
- Albania: Support Albania’s Law Enforcement Authorities to Strengthen Firearms Criminality Evidence Management and Investigation Capacities
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: Countering Illicit Arms Trafficking (CIAT)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: Urgent Action on Ammunition Destruction - Project EXPLODE+
- Kosovo: Support to counter Illicit arms trafficking
- Montenegro: Rogame SALW Storage Upgrade
- North Macedonia: Improving national SALW-related practices and building violence-resilient communities
- Serbia: Reduce risk - Increase safety – Towards ending SALW misuse in domestic violence context
- Serbia: Advancing the Capacities of the Ministry of Interior in the Field of Custody Chain, Crime Scene Investigations and the Ballistic Laboratory in the Field of Operations and Investigations in Trafficking of Firearms and Firearms Criminality
*References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).