The Small Arms Survey is the implementing partner for Serbia’s 'Building National Capacity to Prevent and Address Diversion' project, which is funded by the Arms Trade Treaty Voluntary Trust Fund (ATT VTF). The project seeks to build capacity and provide technical knowledge to further strengthen the ability of Serbia to prevent and address the diversion of conventional arms in accordance with Article 11 of the ATT.
The Small Arms Survey is providing assistance to review Serbia’s national measures to prevent and address diversion and provide support for the development of a national manual on processes, roles, and responsibilities to prevent and address diversion, as well as ‘new’ measures. The project is designed to raise awareness and share lessons learned and national experiences (especially in the field of developing effective prevention measures, including post-delivery cooperation) between Serbia and importing states to mitigate the risk of diversion.
The project's first workshop took place in Belgrade on 27–28 February 2020 to examine Serbian measures to prevent and address diversion and consider ways to further strengthen Serbian controls with regards to end-user documentation, risk indicators for diversion, internal compliance programmes, and company audits to prevent and detect diversion. A second 'hybrid' workshop took place on 9 March 2021. This workshop explored risk assessment procedures, post-shipment verification approaches, and corruption and diversion. These workshops will contribute to the drafting of a Serbian national manual on measures to prevent and detect diversion.