Priority-setting aims to ensure that mine action delivers the most value for money. Given that a country’s mine/ERW contamination problem takes time to resolve, priority-setting involves:
When deciding which piece of land should be surveyed and/or cleared first, priority-setting in mine action has important developmental implications. If post-clearance land-use and development are priorities for mine/ERW-affected communities and governments, then this should be reflected as priority-setting criteria. Examples of specific development-related criteria that can be included in a country’s priority-setting system include whether:
The GICHD has produced Priority-Setting in Mine Action issue briefs to assist mine action programmes in achieving greater value for money by designing and implementing sound priority-setting systems. The briefs cover the key principles underlying priority-setting.
The Briefs in this series are: