Development cooperation

UNIDIR - Strengthening Weapon and Ammunition Management (WAM)


The aim of the project is to develop national capacity and principles of good governance with regard to small arms and their ammunition in priority States. The project aims to promote a coherent and strategic international UN system-wide approach to effective weapon and ammunition management. Many post-conflict States have major problems managing their weapons and ammunition. UNIDIR has extensive experience in similar expert work, including from a similar project previously supported by Finland in Somalia as well as Conventional Arms Programme (CAP) project. UNIDIR has provided expert support to the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on ammunition on key issues pertinent to conventional ammunition management, including international cooperation and assistance needs and priorities. UNIDIR facilitated national dialogue on WAM (Weapons and Ammunition Management) in Somalia to enhance knowledge among national authorities on their WAM capacity baselines. In cooperation with partners in Africa, UNIDIR identified concrete ways to strengthen national and regional roadmaps to support planning and implementation of WAM policy, practice, and activities in Africa. The direct beneficiaries of the project are the authorities of different States and the indirect beneficiaries are those civilians whose fundamental and human rights are more likely to be realized due to the improved weapon and ammunition management and therefor the general security situation. Finland's contribution to UNIDIR is 100 000 EUR per year during 2024-2026, a total of 300 000 EUR.

Funding decision

300 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Public sector policy and administrative management 30%
  • Legal and judicial development 30%
  • Reintegration and SALW control 40%

Special target group

  • women

Funding channel

United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research



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