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ERW Clearance, Victim Assistance, Risk Education, Sudan, Civil War, Cranfield University
Currently most of the key mine action activities in the Sudan are managed by the UNMAO. However, the mandate of UNMAO expires in June 2011, by which time the national authorities should have assumed all necessary regulatory and coordination responsibilities. In order to accelerate the transfer of responsibilities to the national authorities, UNMAO is developing a Transition Plan. Clearly, successful transition will depend on a carefully designed and well resourced capacity development plan to reinforce and further develop the national mine action capacities. This study by UNDP, as the lead UN agency for mine action capacity development within UNMAO, is the first step in the design of such a Capacity Development Plan.
UNDP has conducted this study with the support of Ralph Hassall of Cranfield University. The UNDP Capacity Assessment Methodology has been used as it provides a systematic and defensible method of assessing the capacity gaps and of prioritising capacity development activities and initiatives. This study also includes a draft Capacity Development Plan which covers the transition period and beyond. Much of the capacity development post-June 2011 will be conducted by the national authorities themselves, however it is envisaged that some ongoing international assistance will be required from UNDP and others.