Monday, November 18, 2019

Finnish evaluation of mine action

Finland’s support for humanitarian mine action has never been evaluation. The Foreign Ministry will now commission a review of this support during the period 1991-2014 with the main focus on the last five years.

The evaluation is expected to bring forward issues and lessons learned and make practical, concrete recommendations for future support.

Finland began supporting humanitarian mine action in 1991, viewing interventions from both a development and humanitarian angle. Focus has concentrated on six countries: Afghanistan, Cambodia, Laos, Angola, Somalia and South Sudan.

Support is also channelled through several organisations: the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), the HALO Trust, the Finnish Red Cross and Finnish Church Aid.

The Finnish budget for demining is about 0.5 per cent of ODA with annual allocations increasing from EUR 5 million in 1991 to EUR 6 million in 2014. Altogether Finland has spent EUR 93 million over the 15 years.

The evaluation will consist of a desk study of the entire portfolio, as well as country studies in  Angola and Cambodia. It will concentrate on the following criteria: effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, impact, relevance and complementarity.

The study will examine Finnish-supported humanitarian mine action in relation to the UN Resolution 1325 on the role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts. It should also cover the possible links between humanitarian mine action and international political processes regarding anti-personnel mines and other explosive remnants of war.

The deadline for the submission of tenders is December 2, 2014.