Media Monitoring Needed on Guns In Albania & Kosovo

United Nations Development Programme

The United Nations Development Programme seeks a Media monitoring – Press Clipping Service on firearms related incidents in Albania and Kosovo. The South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) 12 is a joint initiative of the UNDP and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC). As such, it is  an integral part of UNDP’s work in the Europe and the Commonwealth of independent States (ECIS) region and has, since 2002, worked primarily to strengthen the capacities of national and regional stakeholders to control  and  reduce  the proliferation  and  misuse of small arms and  light weapons,  and  thus contribute to enhanced  stability, security and  development  in  South  East and  Eastern  Europe13    SEESAC also  has  a distinguished record working closely with national Ministries to mainstream gender equality and this aspect will remain central to the programme.

Going forward, SEESAC will maintain its long-standing work in South East Europe (SEE) the small arms and light weapons (SALW) and gender equality  in security sector  reform fields, under the framework of  the RCC.

The programme will continue and, where possible, scale up the innovative work it has pioneered in fostering confidence between rule of law providers within southeast Europe, as well as in the fields of innovation, security and technology. In addition, SEESAC will increasingly focus on sharing the capacity it has developed over the years through line ministries and UNDP offices in order to address community and other security needs – arms control, mine action, border management, and community policing and export control – beyond the sub-region, and provide guidance on introducing gender equality into the security sector.

On 19 December 2016 the Council of the European Union passed the Council Decision 2016/2356/CFSP

SEESAC disarmament and arms control activities in South-East Europe in the framework of the EU Strategy to combat illicit accumulation and trafficking of SALWand their ammunition for the period of three years. South East Europe remains an area of particular concern as well as an important challenge in the European Union Strategy to combat illicit accumulation and trafficking of small arms and light t weapons and their ammunition. While significant progress has been made in recent years, the sheer scale of accumulation of SALW and ammunition, the inadequate storage conditions, large illicit possession, as well as policy making and implementation capacity gaps continue to limit the effectiveness of SALW control efforts. Therefore, in order to ensure the continuous progress, secure the gains and pave the way for a long term solution, the continuation of support to combat the threat posed by the spread and illicit trafficking in SALW in and from SEE forms an essential part in its efforts to achieve the EU SALW Strategy goals.

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to international peace and security by combating   the threat posed by the widespread accumulation and illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons and their ammunition in and from SEE. At the same time, it will enhance regional stability by working within the framework of the RCC and in partnership with other relevant initiatives. Specifically, the project will increase regional cooperation, knowledge exchange and information sharing and lead to enhanced capacity for evidence-based policy making; improve capacities for physical security and stockpile management through infrastructure security upgrades, surplus reduction, and training; enhance capacity for marking, tracing and record-keeping; and reduce illicit possession and misuse of firearms through awareness-raising and collection campaigns.

The implementation of the project is grounded in the Regional Implementation Plan on Combating the Proliferation ofSALW and will result in increased security and stability in SEE and beyond, addressing the spread and illicit trafficking of SALW and their ammunition. The project will directly contribute to the implementation of the EU Security Strategy, the EU SALW Strategy, the EU Firearms Strategy, the Arms Trade Treaty, the UN Programme of Action, the International Tracing Instrument, UN Firearms Protocol, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and will specifically enhance regional cooperation in combating the threat posed by the spread of SALW and their ammunition. The project results will also directly contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peaceful and just societies, in particular targets 16.1 (Significantly reduce all forms of violence and death rate everywhere) and 16.4 (significantly reduce illicit arms flows). In addition, the project will support the implementation of the European Commission Action Plan to target the illicit trafficking of firearms and explosives in the EU.

The new phase of the EUSAC project builds upon the achievements under Council Decision 2013/730/CFSP and will focus on four main areas, maintaining the holistic approach to tackling the threat posed by SALW in the region. The four areas address the policy level as well as the operational aspects, combining more traditional SALW control approaches with a focus on law enforcement capabilities and networking by looking at the main threats (large poorly secured stockpiles, lack of information, increase in illicit trafficking, widespread illicit possession).

Based on the successful model of the Targeting weapons platform ( na meti) which analyzed circumstantial details of firearms incidents in Serbia, SEESAC established the ” Armet ne Shenjester” platform to collect, record and analyze statistical data on the use of firearms in Albania and Kosovo throughout 2016. The platform used local media sources to capture contextual and circumstantial data and seeks to reveal real trends in the use of firearms, including data on the most affected groups, the nature or type of firearm-related incidents and the type of weapons involved. To this purpose, UNDP SEESAC is looking for qualified and experienced media monitoring companies who can provide media clipping services in both Albania and Kosovo.

Scope of Work:

The selected media monitoring and Intelligence Company, in close cooperation with UNDP SEESAC, will be responsible for the collecting articles from local print and electronic media about firearms incidents in Albania and Kosovo and based on the following key words:

  1. Arme- Gun
  2. Vrasje – Murder
  3. Anne zjarri – Firearm
  4. Plagosje –  Injured
  5. Krim – Crime
  6. Fisheke – Bullet

Tasks/ Key Results Expected

  1. Capturing of all relevant articles related to incidents with firearms published in the Albanian and Kosovo print and electronic media.
  2. Daily delivery of a summary of press articles related to incidents with firearms published in Albania and Kosovo for the period covered by the contract and based on the above agreed keywords.

Proposal due by March 13, 2017 to:
United Nations Development Programme
STR “Skenderbej,  Gurten Center, 2nd floor, Tirana,  Albania

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