A number of countries have national mine action strategies in place, but the quality of these vary considerably, and the capacity to plan strategically is generally very limited. There is still limited documentation of good practice, lessons learnt and practical guidance.
The GICHD has been involved in strategic planning processes in a number of mine-/ERW-affected countries, most recently in the DRC and South Sudan in 2011 and 2012. Drawing on the expertise of the strategic management section and its previous support in drafting national mine action strategies, the section started the strategic planning project in the second half of 2012. The project will, through country case studies, highlight and document key challenges, good practices and lessons learnt in strategic planning processes in a number of mine action programmes, including Afghanistan, DRC, Lao PDR, Mozambique and Tajikistan. A policy brief and a guide will be produced in late 2013, and national workshops will be organised in a selected number of interested programmes.