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Strategic Planning in Mine Action

Mine action takes place in conflict or post-conflict contexts by a range of national and international governmental and non-governmental actors. The process of developing, implementing and reviewing national mine action strategies brings these stakeholders together, to clarify needs and priorities, and identify opportunities and risks. National strategies that are context-specific, evidence-based and realistic allow affected countries and their partners to communicate consistently around priorities, make informed decisions, allocate resources, and prioritise activities. This helps maximise the impact of mine action efforts and minimise the risks to communities affected by explosive ordnance.

Inclusive strategic planning processes allow explosive ordnance-affected countries to tap into unique partner expertise and integrate diverse needs, perspectives, and priorities into their national mine action strategies. 

Working closely with national authorities and local partners, the GICHD’s strategic planning support contributes to sustainable mine action programmes that are aligned with the needs and priorities of the affected governments and the communities they serve. Engaging relevant ministries further facilitates mine action’s integration with broader sectors and alignment with priorities in national-level plans and strategies.  

The GICHD’s strategic planning support to affected and donor countries generally spans several years, focusing on strategy development, implementation, and review. Experience from several countries shows that strategic planning processes are valuable in and of themselves by bringing stakeholders together to discuss challenges and identify solutions, promoting a greater understanding among partners and willingness to collaborate. 

By adopting an all-inclusive approach to mine action, strategic planning processes also emphasise the connections between different thematic areas. The GICHD’s experience shows that a greater understanding of how these areas connect often results in strengthened collaboration and information sharing between different units and organisations. GICHD supports these processes by tapping into its in-house expertise in different thematic areas, including information management, land release, standards, gender and diversity inclusion, and explosive ordnance (EO) risk education. 

In addition to supporting EO-affected countries, the GICHD also supports donor countries with developing and reviewing their mine action strategies, using a similar strategic planning process, where context analysis is key. 

National Strategies Publications

English

South Sudan National Mine Action Strategy 2024-2028

South Sudan’s national mine action strategy presents the strategic direction for its mine action programme for the period 2024 – 2028. Its purpose is to provide accountability, clarity, and a shared sense of strategic orientation...

02/04/2024
South Sudan National Mine Action Strategy 2024-2028
  • Available in English
  • GICHD

Sri Lanka National Mine Action Strategy: 2016-2020 | Reviewed Version, September 2018

As mandated by Sri Lanka’s National Mine Acti on Strategy 2016-2020, this reviewed version is the result of the mid-term strategy review, organised and facilitated with the support of the Geneva International Centre for...

19/09/2018
Sri Lanka National Mine Action Strategy: 2016-2020 | Reviewed Version, September 2018
  • Available in
  • Ministry of National Policies
English

Zimbabwe National Mine Action Strategy 2018-2025

This National Mine Action Strategy, the first of its kind in Zimbabwe, presents the overall vision, mission, goals and objectives of Zimbabwe’s mine action programme for the period 2018-2025. The strategy’s timeline corresponds to...

12/03/2018
Zimbabwe National Mine Action Strategy 2018-2025
  • Available in English
  • Zimbabwe National Mine Action Centre
English

National Capacities And Residual Contamination | Albania

 This case study forms part of a broader GICHD study on national capacities and residual contamination. The purpose of this report is to document Albania’s experience of developing national systems and capacities to address...

24/11/2017
National Capacities And Residual Contamination | Albania
  • Available in English
  • GICHD
English

Prioritisation Policy, Procedures and Practices Relating to UXO Clearance in Lao PDR

 This report maps the current prioritisation system in Lao PDR, including UXO policies and related development policies of the Government of Lao PDR (GOL), standard operating procedures of UXO operators, and actual prioritisation...

17/11/2017
Prioritisation Policy, Procedures and Practices Relating to UXO Clearance in Lao PDR
  • Available in English
  • GICHD
Lao

Prioritisation Policy, Procedures and Practices Relating to UXO Clearance in Lao PDR [ In Lao]

 This report maps the current prioritisation system in Lao PDR, including UXO policies and related development policies of the Government of Lao PDR (GOL), standard operating procedures of UXO operators, and actual prioritisation...

17/11/2017
Prioritisation Policy, Procedures and Practices Relating to UXO Clearance in Lao PDR [ In Lao]
  • Available in Lao
  • GICHD
Spanish

Guía práctica para la planeación estratégica en acción contra minas | Quick start guide to strategic planning in mine action (Spanish)

Esta ayuda de memoria establece los principios fundamentales de la planeación estratégica descritos en la Guía para la Planeación Estratégica en Acción contra Minas. Los encargados de la planeación deberían familiarizarse con el...

11/11/2015
Guía práctica para la planeación estratégica en acción contra minas | Quick start guide to strategic planning in mine action (Spanish)
  • Available in Spanish
  • GICHD

Guía para la planeación estratégica en acción contra minas | Guide to strategic planning in mine action (Spanish)

Basado en los principales hallazgos de los seis países objeto del estudio de caso el GICHD construyó una Guía y una Guía Práctica para la Planeación Estratégica en Acción contra Minas.

La Guía para la Planeación Estratégica en...

04/11/2015
Guía para la planeación estratégica en acción contra minas | Guide to strategic planning in mine action (Spanish)
  • Available in
  • GICHD
Arabic

دليل البدء السريع | بالعربي | Quick start guide to strategic planning in mine action (Arabic)

تحدّد هذه المذكرة الجوانب الرئيسية للتخطيط الاستراتيجي في الأعمال المتعلقة بالألغام والموضّحة في دليل التخطيط الاستراتيجي للأعمال المتعلقة بالألغام، ويجب على المخطّطين الاستراتيجيين أن يقوموا بالاطّلاع على مضمون الدليل الرئيسي...

05/05/2015
دليل البدء السريع | بالعربي | Quick start guide to strategic planning in mine action (Arabic)
  • Available in Arabic
  • GICHD
Arabic

دليل التخطيط الاستراتيجي في الأعمال المتعلقة بالألغام | بالعربي | Guide to strategic planning in mine action (Arabic)

  تمّ تطوير هذا الدليل بالاعتماد على تحليل لمخرجات دراسة الحالات الوطنية لستة بلدان، حيث قام مركز جنيف الدولي لأنشطة إزالة الألغام للأغراض الانسانية بمراجعة مسودة الدليل الرئيسي ودليل البدء السريع. يستعرض دليل التخطيط الاستراتيجي...

05/05/2015
دليل التخطيط الاستراتيجي في الأعمال المتعلقة بالألغام | بالعربي | Guide to strategic planning in mine action (Arabic)
  • Available in Arabic
  • GICHD

Strategic Planning Team

Christine Nyagaya

Christine Nyagaya

Advisor M&E, Strategic Planning
Christelle Mestre

Christelle Mestre

Advisor, Strategic Planning
Åsa Massleberg

Åsa Massleberg

Programme Manager, Strategic Planning