UNDP has supported the Chadian authorities to establish a mine action support programme which is being carried out by UNDP since 2009 to support the capacity of the national authorities to be able to fully manage their main action activities and ensure that clearance plans based on surveys and community liaison, as well as evidence-based needs are in place and implemented. Given the large casualty figures, UNDP support is also being provided to ensure that a long term victim assistance strategy is in place to support the return to productive lives for Chad’s many mine victims.
From 2002 to 2008, UNDP supported CND in undertaking a number of demining and clearance operations, with the support of international operators, despite numerous constraints, especially low and very irregular financing. UNDP support continues to focus on ensuring proper liaison with and inclusion of the communities at all levels of its efforts in Chad in both the level of mapping the mine threat, planning clearance and providing information on victims.
UNDP’s support to mine action in Chad is centered on increasing the capacity of national authorities to manage, coordinate and implement mine action strategies, plans and activities throughout the country. In particular, in March 2011, the Department of Foreign Affairs and trade (DFAIT) of the Republic of Canada signed with UNDP/BCPR a financing agreement for the strengthening of the capacity of mine action in Chad.
The project intends to strengthen national mine action capacities, focusing on the Completion of the obligations related to the Ottawa Convention. Technical assistance, vocational training and institutional support will be provided to the national demining center, covering key sensitive domains: strategic planning, operations management and coordination, quality control, database management and reporting.
In addition to, and in collaboration with UNDP, UNMAS has deployed a Senior Technical Adviser to the CND who is also the Programme Manager of UNMAS directly supported Mine Action in Chad. The consultant will collaborate with the UNMAS programme Manager.
The process and main tools for quality control have been developed in 2010, under a capacity building project supported by DFAIT. The next step is to support the creation of a pilot team for quality assurance of Mine Action in Chad.