The purpose of GMAP is to reduce the humanitarian and development impact of landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW). It aims to achieve this through i) clearance and direct release of contaminated or suspected contaminated land (demining); ii) Mine Risk Education (MRE); and iii) building the capacity of partner countries to manage their national Mine Action programmes. Operations in five countries (Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) began in July 2014 as part of Phase 1 of the programme. This included a single contract to conduct capacity building activities with national and regional demining authorities. In addition to this, one single contract will be awarded in 2016 for Phase 2 of the programme which will operate in South Sudan, Somalia, Burma and Zimbabwe.
Itad is responsible for i) monitoring all contracts under GMAP and providing feedback and advice to DFID on an ongoing basis; and ii) conducting a formative and summative evaluation of progress, outcomes and achievements of the programme. The objective of the monitoring will be to ensure that GMAP projects are continually reviewed in order to achieve the results set out in the business case. This will include strengthening capacity of implementers to monitor and report on the work they are doing and the results they’re achieving, as well as an assessment of implementing partners’ care and due diligence in the management of DFID assets. The evaluation aims to assess how the demining, MRE and capacity development projects have contributed to the overall programme objectives and outcomes as set out in the UK’s 2013 mine action policy paper and GMAP business case. The findings of the evaluation aim to improve future mine action programmes and enhance global learning. As part of the evaluation, the team will test the programme theory of change, and assess the extent to which it holds true at the global and country level. The team will also conduct a value for money assessment of the programme. A final summative evaluation report will be available in July 2018.
Image © Emergency food, drinking water and shelter to help people displaced in Rakhine State, western Burma. Photo Credit: DFID Burma