Conflict Mapping Analysis and Advisory Group




 
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Location: Executed at the national level with staff based in Khartoum
Duration: January 2007 – December 2007 (Operationally Closed)
Focus area: Crisis Prevention and Recovery
Donors: UNDP
Partners: IOM
Contact person in UNDP: Musa Ibrahim, Programme Officer,
Musa.ibrahim@undp.org
Background
The complexity of Sudan’s security enhancement and socio-economic recovery and development challenges calls for strategic planning tools that help to clearly identify and adequately display the multiplicity of key security threats and socio-economic recovery risks facing the country. Effective mechanisms are needed to identify the inter-linkages between these threats and risks, while supporting the process of prioritizing, in terms of selecting responses and interventions, undertaken through multi-stakeholder consultations, in a conflict-sensitive manner.

The on-going process of National and State-level strategic planning has underlined this lack of appropriate planning support tools, for both governmental and non-governmental actors to effectively address the complexity of crisis and conflict, co-existing with conflict resolution processes and post-conflict recovery and development challenges in Sudan.

Based on the initial experience of UNDP in the field of security threat analysis, and on international best practices, a geo-referenced state-by-state mapping and analysis of the key security threats and socio-economic risks was carried out, in consultation with key actors, both at the state and local levels. The conflict mapping analysis was identified as a potentially useful tool in assisting UNDP and its key national counterparts, including UN agencies and NGOs, in facing the challenges of the strategic selection of priority areas of intervention, and the efficient planning of properly focused and sequenced interventions.

Such a tool was also considered to be a potential facilitator of effective coordination, by helping to identify both gaps and overlaps among ongoing and newly planned interventions, thereby supporting both more coherent UN and NGO programming and delivery, and an improved linkage between these efforts and the priorities, plans and interventions of the National and State government. Finally, a regularly updated mapping and analysis process would effectively support improved monitoring and assessment of the impact of selected interventions.

In January 2007, in view of the urgent need for such a tool, UNDP launched the Conflict Mapping Analysis and Advisory Group project.

Objectives
The main objective of this project is to build the capacity of state localities in human security, recovery, and development fields, to better identify national needs and priorities, to analyze their causal relationship, and better plan and design interventions to address them, in a conflict-sensitive manner.

The project’s specific objectives are:
• To support state localities in their own process of data collection and validation, providing them with information management tools to analyze this information and define the appropriate, prioritized, responses. This will be done by directly involving these actors in the process of data collection/verification and analysis from the start, working with them in the development of the standard methodology, and setting up two counterpart focal points in each State, one in the State government and one in support of the coordination work of the Resident Coordinator’s Office, providing services for both the UN agencies and the NGOs.
• To provide support to the focal points including the supply of basic equipment (computers, printer, GPS markers/phones and related supplies) together with the required software and the related training. These focal points will then be able to operate the full State database, and provide the required layouts to the various actors for their work.
• Develop a web-based system (databases, maps, surveys and assessments) that will function as a common information-sharing platform for all key actors, where the various information resources, developed and maintained by these actors, can be accessed directly and correlated to each other, based on the development of agreed protocols.

Snapshots of the project's major achievements
• Completed the conflict mapping process for South Kordofan State.
• Organized a consultation workshop in Khartoum identifying the common issues and priorities that will serve as a basis for the strategic planning and programming process.
• Prepared and collected initial data in order to carry out the same mapping process in East Sudan and Darfur.

 
 
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