Development cooperation

Saving Lives Entity (SALIENT) – A Transformative Armed-Violence-Reduction Agenda for Sustainable Development


The Saving Lives Entity (SALIENT) is a global project that will allocate small grants to catalyse more comprehensive approaches to small-arms and armed-violence reduction in priority countries. SALIENT operates under the UN Peacebuilding Fund. Working on both the demand and supply sides of the illicit trafficking and misuse of small arms, SALIENT will support national initiatives in a holistic and transformative approach, through a gender lens. Leveraging the complementary expertise and operational capacities of UNODA and UNDP, SALIENT will support catalytic activities in operationalizing and mainstreaming small arms control in development efforts and policies. Developing countries and most disadvantaged people are the most affected. The harshest impact of the widespread circulation of illicit small arms is felt by vulnerable groups and in developing countries, particularly those experiencing or emerging from armed conflict or facing pervasive criminal violence. Compounding the problem, many developing countries lack comprehensive policy, legislation, personnel, training, facilities, and equipment to collect reliable data, to develop and durably implement cross-sectional small arms control measures, to perform effective inter-institutional coordination, and to adopt and enforce laws and regulations on various aspects of small arms. Direct beneficiaries of the project are the authorities in the priority countries whereas the indirect beneficiaries are the civilians, whose basic rights and human rights will be realized through improved small arms control and security situation. SALIENT is supported by Finland, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland. Finland's contribution to SALIENT is 200 000 EUR per year during 2023-2026, a total of 800 000 EUR.

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Funding decision

800 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance
  • Gender equality

Field of activity

  • Reintegration and SALW control 50%
  • Security system management and reform 25%
  • Public sector policy and administrative management 25%

Special target group

  • girls
  • children
  • youth
  • Gender and sexual minorities

Funding channel

YK:n kehitysohjelma



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