Development cooperation

UNSCAR/Implementing the international Small arms and light weapons commitments in developing countries


The UN Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR) supports the implementation of commitments on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW). In practice UN partners, international and regional organisations, NGOs and research institutes receive funding for projects that support development of security structures as well as awareness raising and capacity development in developing countries. Funding is also directed to action-oriented research and sharing best practices, incl. South-South cooperation. The aim is to control legal and prevent illicit arms trade, enhance marking and stockpile management and to reduce diversion of SALW to terrorists and others that would use SALW irresponsibly. At the same time developing countries are encouraged to accede to international conventions and agreements and to implement them, which also creates a more stable environment for sustainable development. UNSCAR strongly encourages taking gender perspectives into account when planning projects. In many developing countries and fragile states, poor security situation and instability prevent sustainable development from taking place. Illicit arms trade and proliferation of SALW fuels conflicts and makes efforts to solve and stop conflicts even more difficult. They also create a threat for the continuation of peace, once a more stable environment in a post-conflict situation is reached. Illicit trade in arms and small arms violence cause substantial economic problems and hinder the realization of human rights. Small arms violence is often targeted towards most vulnerable groups, including children and women. When reducing access to illicit arms, basic human rights such as right to life and livelihoods are better secured and gender based violence reduced. The expected beneficiaries are the people in developing countries including vulnerable groups that are suffering from armed violence in excess. Finland's contribution to UNSCAR is 250 000 EUR per year during 2023-2026, a total of 1 000 000 EUR.

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Funding decision

1 000 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Reintegration and SALW control 80%
  • Public sector policy and administrative management 20%

Special target group

  • girls
  • children

Funding channel

YK:n aseidenriisuntatoimisto



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