Arianna Calza Bini, director of the Gender and Mine Action Programme, participated in a panel on Transformation and Innovation in mine action at the 19th International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and United Nations Advisors in Geneva on Thursday, 18 February. Her presentation highlighted GMAP’s work with partners (UN, National Mine Action Authorities, GICHD, operators) towards making commitments to mainstream gender and diversity in mine action programmes more concrete and measurable.
UNMAS and donors such as Australia, DFID, Germany, Switzerland and the US State Department have supported GMAP’s work to conduct capacity development, gender and diversity baseline assessments of mine action programmes and development of strategies and action plans in Afghanistan, South Sudan, Darfur, Somalia, Lao PDR, Vietnam and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Multi-year funding from the Netherlands and DFID has allowed GMAP to conduct baseline assessments, training and action planning with MAG’s programmes in DRC, Libya, Lebanon, Iraq, South Sudan, Lao PDR and Vietnam, and follow up monitoring visits to assess progress towards the action plans, identify outstanding challenges, draw lessons and conduct refresher training. GMAP’s collaboration with NPA humanitarian disarmament and the HALO Trust was also mentioned.
Some of the results achieved by partners that GMAP has collaborated with were mentioned, as well as the intention to increase efforts to measure results.