P09-GL02UNDP National mine action programmes receving technical, operational, material, managerial and resource mobilization supportNo
ProjectStrengthening National Mine Action Coordination and Ownership
Area of Workn.A.
Appealing Agency
Project Contact PersonSekkenes, Sara (sara.sekkenes@undp.org)
Project Budget2009: US $756,490.00
Funds Requested2009: US $756,490.00
Implementing PartnersUNDP
Targeted BeneficiariesNational mine action programmes receving technical, operational, material, managerial and resource mobilization support
Project Duration01-01-2009 through 01-12-2009
Project CodeP09-GL02
Field monitoring, programme evaluations, inter-agency assessment missions (40+ countries) US $200,000.00
Knowledge management, best practices initiative US $50,000.00
Programme specialist US $180,000.00
Programme support costs (7%) US $49,490.00
Senior programme advisor US $200,000.00
UNDP workshop for programme officers US $77,000.00
TOTALUS $756,490.00

The UNDP Mine Action Team (MAT) is part of the organization’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR), based in New York. MAT is a team of five professionals in New York and two field-based regional advisors who support over 40 national mine action programmes and their corresponding senior/chief mine action technical advisor or programme officers. The team assists countries in stages of mine action from initial planning and implementation to mature programming. The MAT works in collaboration with national authorities and UNDP country offices to ensure a smooth transition between emergency relief and long-term development, and to strengthen national capacities to manage mine action.
The MAT also engages in policy and methodology development in the BCPR, as an essential member of international mine action fora, and in UN inter-agency coordination meetings and missions. Regional advisory services in Africa and Asia support UNDP’s country offices in strengthening national capacities so that a solid foundation exists for a long-term response to landmine problems.
Specifically, the MAT, through UNDP country offices, provides technical, operational, material, managerial and resource mobilization support to national mine action programmes to:
* Address the socioeconomic impacts of mines by promoting national ownership and ensuring the development of sustainable national and local capacities to undertake all elements of mine action over the medium and long term;
* Encourage an integrated, collaborative working environment with all mine action stakeholders, including other UN mine action partners, mine-affected states, national and international non-governmental organizations, and donor governments.
* Strengthen national capacities through UNDP’s highly-successful mine action management training programme, its Mine Action Exchange (MAX) Programme, other complementary regional training workshops, and relevant studies and guidelines;
* Mainstream mine action into the development agenda in recognition of the fact that mines pose an obstacle to poverty reduction and sustainable development in post-conflict environments;
* Support integration of a gender perspective in mine action programmes to ensure that gender-based concerns and experiences are taken into consideration in the design, implementation and evaluation of mine action programmes, and that mine action programmes equally benefit men, women, boys and girls;
* Support UNDP’s efforts to provide high-quality technical, operational, material, managerial and resource mobilization services to national mine action programmes;
* Develop a long-term strategic plan to ensure UNDP is able to provide ongoing mine action capacity-building services;
* Promote transparency in national mine action programmes, including the effective utilization of resources by well-coordinated mine action centres; and
* Assist national authorities in meeting their mine action-related treaty obligations and implementing the Nairobi Action Plan, as relevant.

UNDP provides vital technical and operational support to national mine action programmes as part of its approach to fostering sustainable national and local capacities to address landmine problems. This support includes the following elements.
* Assistance goes to countries to establish national mine action centres and regulatory authorities by integrating International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) into national programmes; implement landmine impact surveys and establish information management structures that support operations; and comply with the anti-personnel mine-ban treaty or other obligations.
* UNDP emphasizes support for mine-affected countries that are approaching the completion of mine action. The greater part of international financial assistance is often reserved for countries with a high-profile problem — that is, countries deemed to face serious humanitarian threats, and that have recently emerged from crises and conflicts. The Completion Initiative seeks to encourage greater attention from the international mine action community to countries with limited mine problems or where a concentrated effort and funding commitment will help complete clearance in a reasonable time frame, and ensure compliance with the anti-personnel mine-ban treaty.
* Advocacy efforts back the mainstreaming of mine action in development planning, programming and budgeting processes. This involves encouraging mine-affected developing nations to integrate mine action in their national development plans, including their Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) and UN Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAF). It also involves working with local actors to plan and implement mine action in coordination with development projects and programmes whenever possible. UNDP also actively engages traditional donors to fund mine action projects through development budgets, and encourages international financial institutions to contribute more funding to mine action through loans to mine-affected states.
* Management and technical training is provided to national senior and middle-level mine action managers. Training is aimed at improving day-to-day operational and management skills. It focuses on improving personnel skills, planning, logistics, human resource management and procurement, and strengthening knowledge of mine action standards and demining technologies. Courses also offer sessions on basic strategic planning, change management and leadership skills.
* UNDP organizes socioeconomic impact workshops in partnership with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD). A series of regional workshops has been designed to enhance the work of national mine action programmes and to supplement UNDP’s management training courses and the MAX Programme. The workshops cover a variety of topics, including how to assess economic returns from mine action investments. They provide training on how to use socioeconomic indicators in mine action management and planning processes, and establish resource mobilization strategies.
* To promote South-South cooperation, UNDP’s highly successful MAX Programme provides a mechanism for mine action staff to undertake short assignments with the programmes of other nations or international organizations, in order to share their experiences and lessons learned, and to strengthen their policy, advocacy and operational approaches to mine action.
* Through a field-based global victim assistance advisor, UNDP supports the development of victim assistance strategies in mine-affected countries and coordination among stakeholders. It provides training as required and ensures the exchange of experiences between programmes.
* UNDP has sought to increase direct regional mine action support. For several years, it has had two mine action regional advisors for Africa and Asia and the Pacific. Their presence has successfully ensured the delivery of advisory services to programmes directly or indirectly supported by the UN; monitoring and evaluation of mine action programmes; rapid deployment to respond to assessment needs; and exchanges of experience and knowledge among countries.
* UNDP has been a strong advocate for the role of public-private partnerships in advancing the development dimension of mine action, as part of its commitment to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on global partnerships for development. In this regard, one of UNDP’s most successful public-private partnerships is Adopt-A-Minefield, a programme of the UN Association of the USA, which raises funds for mine clearance operations and survivor assistance initiatives.

* National mine action programmes will receive technical, operational, material, managerial and resource mobilization support.
* The socioeconomic and sustainable development impacts of mines will be addressed.
* National mine action programmes will increase their institutional and management capacities.
* Gender perspectives will be integrated into UNDP-supported mine action programmes.
* States parties to the anti-personnel mine-ban treaty that receive UNDP support will be better equipped to meet their treaty obligations.

$200 0002009Field monitoring, programme evaluations, inter-agency assessment missions (40+ countries)
$50 0002009Knowledge management, best practices initiative
$77 0002009UNDP workshop for programme officers
$200 0002009Senior programme advisor
$180 0002009Programme specialist
$49 4902009Programme support costs (7%)
Thursday, January 1, 2009 to Tuesday, December 1, 20092009NoSekkenes, Sara