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Overview

While significant progress has been made in recent years, the scale of accumulation of SALW and ammunition, inadequate storage conditions, widespread illicit possession and gaps in implementation continue to limit the effectiveness of firearms control efforts in parts of the Western Balkans. Additionally, the region remains one of the sources of illicit arms trafficking.

To address these challenges, the authorities in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo (under Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999), Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Serbia jointly developed 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, by 2024, under the auspices of Germany and France, and with support from the South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) project hosted by UNDP. The Roadmap was adopted during the Interiors and Security Ministers’ Meeting of the Western Balkans Summit organized in London, on 10 July 2018, as the most comprehensive arms control exercise in the region, covering all key aspects from securing the stockpiles of firearms and ammunition to mainstreaming gender in SALW control.

The Roadmap is a testimony of the consensus reached among all stakeholders in the region about the current challenges, the overall targets to be reached, and timeline of actions to be taken in the area of SALW control. It provides an overall platform for commonly agreed levels of performance, and outlines the commitment required at the strategic, policy and operational level amongst the beneficiaries, building on the political commitment to the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects as well as legal obligation stemming from the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and Components and Ammunition.

Assistance Strategy

The Western Balkan SALW Control Roadmap MPTF was established to ensure a coordinated approach in the implementation of the Regional 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 Western Balkan SALW Control Roadmap MPTF supports concrete projects and activities in the area of SALW control that contribute to the achievement of the Roadmap 7 goals and are in line with the priorities of the targeted jurisdictions.

Governance

The governance of the Western Balkan SALW Control Roadmap MPTF consists of the Steering Committee and the Secretariat.

The Steering Committee is chaired by UNDP and consists of Representatives of the Participating Organizations, France and Germany (as initiators of the Roadmap process) and other top 3 donors to the Fund. The SC provides general oversight and exercises overall accountability of the Fund, approves the strategic direction of the Fund and its overall results framework, decide the allocation of funds, and oversees the implementation of the funded projects and overall progress towards the planned results.

The Secretariat of the Fund is ensured by UNDP’s SEESAC project. The Secretariat is responsible for the programmatic coordination and monitoring of the Fund, providing technical and management support.

Administrative Agent. The Fund is administered by the MPTF Office under the pass-through management modality. The MPTF Office is responsible with setting up and administrating the Fund, including receipt, administration and release of funds to Participating Organizations in accordance with decisions from the Steering Committee, and financial report consolidation.

The Participating Organizations are UNDP and UNODC, who have signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the MPTF Office. Each Participating UN Organization assumes full programmatic and financial accountability for the funds disbursed to it by the Administrative Agent.

Decision-Making Process

The Participating Organizations of the Fund are invited to submit project proposals to the Secretariat based on agreed criteria and at intervals agreed by the Steering Committee.  All submitted projects should be guided by the following overarching principles and criteria:

  • Contribute to the achievement of one or more objectives of the WB SALW Control Roadmap;
  • Demonstrate strong national ownership, and be in line with jurisdictions priorities, such as the Action Plans;
  • Demonstrate complementarity with other relevant initiatives in the field of SALW control;
  • Adhere to corporate quality standards, which include strong results frameworks, social and environmental standards, as well as gender mainstreaming;
  • Demonstrate sustainability of results;
  • Prove an efficient and effective allocation of resources;
  • Preference will be given to joint programmes which bring together multiple implementing entities. They must demonstrate a genuine partnership between Participating Organisations, a coordinated management structure, and joint responsibility for results and cost effectiveness;
  • Wherever possible, projects are encouraged to accommodate technical assistance from South-South Cooperation.

 

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Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 651,550  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 0  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 0  
Total source of funds   651,550
Transferred to Participating Organizations 0  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Administrative Agent Fee 6,516  
Direct Cost 0  
Bank Charges 0  
Total use of funds   6,516
Balance with Administrative Agent   645,035
As a percentage of deposits   99.0%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 0  
Total resources   0
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 0  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Total expenses     0
Balance with Participating Organizations   0
As a percentage of transfers   %
Total Balance of Funds   645,035
As a percentage of deposits   99.0%
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