UXO Sector Evaluation June – July 2008 Findings and Recommendations Dr Maligna Saignavongs Director NRA. Evaluation ToR.
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Evaluate progress of the UXO Sector against the 3 objectives of the National Strategic Plan. Also examine the National Strategic Plan and make recommendations for revisions;
Evaluate whether the structure of the UXO Sector is correct and if the NRA is providing effective leadership, governance and coordination as stipulated in Part IV, Institutional Arrangements of the National Strategic Plan;
Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of UXO Laoand the progress achieved against its strategy; and
Review and assess the effectiveness of Government and donor support provided to the UXO Sector and the implementation of the National Strategic Plan.
1. Community Awareness: “UXO/Mine Risk Education (MRE) teams will visit and deliver MRE training to all impacted communities in Lao PDR and UXO/mine accidents will be reduced ….. not exceeding 100 persons/year”; 2. Survey and Clearance: “All agricultural areas considered to be ‘high priority’ will be cleared, as well as a sizeable portion of other areas identified as ‘medium priority’ – for a total of no less than 18,000 hectares of land cleared by UXO Lao alone”; 3. Victim Assistance: “A national database on Mine/UXO accidents will be developed …. to feed into the prioritization of clearance and MRE tasks. The specific needs of survivors of UXO/mine accidents ….. will be factored in all national/local public health initiatives”;
The Evaluation was very detailed and has made many recommendations.Recommendations can be accepted or not.Accepted recommendations need to be implemented.
1. The use of scoping results as the basis for planning2. The need for greater emphasis on roving tasks and responsiveness3. The need for development of a simple system of priority setting that addresses development and poverty reduction priorities4. The development of new types of targets, given the shift in emphasis to roving tasks 5. An explanation of funding policies and mechanisms for the sector6. The definition of an exit or handover strategy for the NRA and UXO Lao residual functions.
2.1 – Not agreed (restructuring the sector for 2 pillars).
2.2 – linked to 2.1.
2.3 – Agreed.
2.4 – A new prioritisation system should be developed.
2.5 & 2.6 – Agreed. QA expansion should be planned but 5 % is not feasible.
2.7 & 2.8 & 2.9 – Agreed.
2.10 – Not agreed – too soon to transition.
3.1 – Agreed. Integrate next plan into NSEDP timing
3.2 – Not agreed. As discussed earlier the UXO Sector should remain based on the 3 pillars of VA, MRE and Clearance.
3.3 – Agreed but more aspects need to be included in the plan
-MOFA has initiated a review process by setting up a reform committee