The purpose of GMAP was to reduce the humanitarian and development impact of landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW). It aimed 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 was awarded in 2016 for Phase 2 of the programme which operated in South Sudan, Somalia, Burma and Zimbabwe.
Itad was 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 was to ensure that GMAP projects are continually reviewed in order to achieve the results set out in the business case. This included 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 aimed to assess how the demining, MRE and capacity development projects 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 aimed to improve future mine action programmes and enhance global learning. As part of the evaluation, the team tested the programme theory of change, and assessed the extent to which it held true at the global and country level. The team also conducted a value for money assessment of the programme.
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Image © Emergency food, drinking water and shelter to help people displaced in Rakhine State, western Burma. Photo Credit: DFID Burma (shared under CC BY-SA 2.0 license)