P09-GL02National mine action authorities, UNDP country office mine action technical staff, relevant mine action operators, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society National mine action programmes receiving 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), Vardis, Maria (vardis@un.org)
Project Budget2010: US $823,900.00
Funds Requested2010: US $823,900.00
Implementing PartnersNational mine action authorities, UNDP country office mine action technical staff, relevant mine action operators, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society
Targeted BeneficiariesNational mine action programmes receiving technical, operational, material, managerial and resource mobilization support
Project Duration01-04-2010 through 01-12-2010
Project CodeP09-GL02
BUDGET ITEMS IN US$2010
Advisor/inter-agency liaison officerUS $150,000.00
Field monitoring, programme evaluations, inter-agency assessments (40-plus countries) US $200,000.00
Knowledge management, best practices initiative US $50,000.00
Programme specialist US $120,000.00
Programme support costs (7%) US $53,900.00
Senior programme advisor US $200,000.00
UNDP workshop for programme officers US $50,000.00
TOTALUS $823,900.00

The UNDP Armed Violence, Mine Action and Small Arms (AVMASA) Team is part of the organization’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR). The team of four mine action technical professionals supports over 40 national mine action programmes and their corresponding senior/chief mine action technical advisor or programme officers. Assistance is provided to countries in stages of mine action from initial planning and implementation to mature programming. The AVMASA Team works in collaboration with national authorities and UNDP country offices to strengthen national capacities to manage mine action, and to ensure a smooth transition between emergency relief and early recovery to long-term sustainable development. Liaisons with regional advisory services in Panama, Dakar, Johannesburg, Bratislava, Cairo and Bangkok contribute to AVMASA’s support for UNDP country offices in strengthening national capacities so that a solid foundation exists for a long-term response to landmine problems. The AVMASA Team is an essential member of international mine action fora, and contributes to UN inter-agency coordination meetings, technical assessment and evaluation missions, and global policy development. It also engages in policy and methodology development within BCPR to support the broader development agenda of UNDP, and participates in stand-alone missions and interventions as well as integrated crisis prevention and recovery missions.
AVMASA 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 to countries to establish national mine action centres and regulatory authorities aims to, among other tasks, integrate International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) into national programmes, implement landmine impact surveys, establish information management structures that support operations, and comply with international conventions and treaties or other obligations.
*Support to mine-affected countries that are approaching the completion of mine action comes through the Completion Initiative. 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 international obligations, particularly related to clearance, in a reasonable time frame, and ensure compliance with the anti-personnel mine-ban treaty.
*Advocacy for the mainstreaming of mine action in development planning, programming and budgeting processes 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.
*Promotion of UNDP’s 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.
*Advocacy for the role of public-private partnerships in advancing the development dimensions of mine action is part of the commitment to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on global partnerships for development.

The AVMASA Team, through UNDP country offices, provides technical, operational, material, managerial and resource mobilization support to national mine action programmes related to the following tasks.
*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 NGOs, and donor governments.
*Strengthen national capacities through UNDP’s Mine Action Exchange (MAX) Programme, mine action management training and advice, 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.
*Assist national authorities in meeting their mine action-related treaty obligations, including related to explosive remnants of war such as cluster munitions, and ensuring effective implementation.

*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 0002010Field monitoring, programme evaluations, inter-agency assessments (40-plus countries)
$50 0002010Knowledge management, best practices initiative
$50 0002010UNDP workshop for programme officers
$200 0002010Senior programme advisor
$120 0002010Programme specialist
$53 9002010Programme support costs (7%)
$150 0002010Advisor/inter-agency liaison officer
Thursday, April 1, 2010 to Wednesday, December 1, 20102010NoSekkenes, SaraVardis, Maria