The Saving Lives Entity

Children from the Denham Town Community attending the launch of the SALIENT Joint Programme | Jamaica Information Service (JIS)

Children from the Denham Town Community attending the launch of the SALIENT Joint Programme

Jamaica Information Service (JIS)

A Transformative Armed-Violence-Reduction Agenda for Sustainable Development 


The Saving Lives Entity (SALIENT) is a global project that allocates small grants to catalyse more comprehensive approaches to small arms and armed violence reduction. It was established in 2020 by UNDP and the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) in coordination with the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO)

SALIENT Map - UNDP Crisis Bureau Rule of Law and Human Rights ROLHR

With its support to scale-up activities, SALIENT enables the operationalization and mainstreaming of small arms control in development efforts and policies. 

The Saving-Lives Entity (SALIENT) has supported comprehensive and sustainable responses and implemented development-centred projects in three pilot countries: Cameroon, Jamaica and South Sudan

After initial consultations with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, the following projects were designed in line with the particular needs of each country: 

Training for journalists and civil society in the northern regions of Cameroon | UNDP Cameroon

Training for journalists and civil society in the northern regions of Cameroon

UNDP Cameroon


SALIENT efforts include building new connections and platforms for dialogue between different actors working on small arms control issues in the country, incorporating civil society and journalists via sensitization and educational activities, and mainstreaming gender concerns in Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR).

UNDP Cameroon


SALIENT focused on the revision of policy and legal framework governing armed violence reduction in Jamaica, capacity building for law enforcement, working with youth on attitudes and perceptions towards violence, guns, and masculinity, and support for the country’s first Violence Audit. 

UNDP Jamaica 

South Sudan

SALIENT implementing agencies worked on capacity building for law enforcement, operationalization of women’s networks within national police, support for catalyzing the voluntary civilian disarmament strategy - including through outreach efforts, mine risk education and awareness campaigns, and trainings of trainers for sustainability of disarmament dialogues and processes.

UNDP South Sudan

Project implementation in the three pilot countries will be completed in 2023. New beneficiary countries have been selected: Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Papua New Guinea, Panama, and Honduras.


SALIENT in South Sudan

UNDP South Sudan

A programmatic strategic approach to address armed violence


The Saving Lives Entity (SALIENT) builds on the policy and programming experience of UNDP and the normative and policy mandate for UNODA.

SALIENT is embedded within multisectoral platforms and programmes developed by UNDP, UNODA and other UN entities over the past 20 years that demonstrated the need for multisectoral approaches to armed violence and small arms/ammunitions control. It complements existing initiatives of both UN and non-UN entities working in such areas as policing and crime prevention, as well as border control.

The SALIENT programmatic approach is designed to provide catalytic support to address the multifaceted nature of armed violence with a sustainable perspective.

SALIENT and the Sustainable Development Goals 


Working on both the demand and supply sides of the illicit trafficking and misuse of small arms, SALIENT supports national initiatives through a holistic and transformative approach, as well as gender perspective, enabling the achievement of SDGs 5 and 16. 

Project management and coordination


SALIENT is managed by a Programme Board and a Project Coordination Team (PCT). The Programme Board fulfils the advisory role and the Project Coordination Team has a coordination and implementation role, allocating funding based on review of project proposals.

The SALIENT Project Coordination Team produces biannual reports based on the reports submitted by selected Country Offices. In addition, a biannual newsletter is produced with updates from the Country Offices.

SALIENT reports 


SALIENT annual and semi-annual reports are available in the UN MPTF Office Partners Gateway.

SALIENT newsletters 

SALIENT funds are financially housed within the United Nations Secretary-General's Peacebuilding Fund (PBF). SALIENT operates thanks to contributions from Finland, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland. 

Focal Point

Giada Greco 
Project Coordination Specialist

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