Projects and Programmes

PROJECTS / PROGRAMMES

Regional Workshop 2019: Gender Equality and Empowerment

Theme:

“Gender Equality and Empowerment in ASEAN Mine/Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) Action.”

 Status:

Completed, 21-22 October 2019

Venue:

Vientiane, Lao PDR

Partners:

  • The Government of Canada (through Canada Fund for Local Initiative ASEAN)
  • GICHD (Gender in Mine Action Programme)
  • The Clearing for Result Project Cambodia

Objectives:

Aiming to share experiences and best practice with the goal of enhancing participants’ knowledge on gender mainstreaming approaches in mine action including Clearance, Risk Education and Victim Assistance, the project’s specific objectives were to:

  1. Assess participants’ knowledge on gender mainstreaming in Mine/ERW action through a pre-assessment test which will be done before the first session of the workshop.
  2. Enhance participants’ knowledge on gender approaches and perspectives in Mine/ERW action programme activities including Mine/ERW clearance, Mine/ERW risk education and victim assistance.
  3. Identify the challenges in implementing the gender approaches and perspectives; and recommend how to address these challenges

 Description:

Sixty-five (65) individuals attended the Regional Workshop. This includes 24 individuals who attended the opening ceremony, 17 observers and 24 participants from the AMS and mine action related organisations. Among these individuals, the 21 participants successfully underwent training on gender mainstreaming in mine action as conducted by the GICHD. The pre/post training assessment indicates that participants knowledge increased from 54% to 84% in average following the training.

The workshop covered the following topics:

  • Introduction to Gender and Diversity
  • Gender Mainstreaming in Mine Action: Practical Guidance
  • Gender in Strategic Planning and Information Management: Role of the National Authority

Press Release is available here

Regional Workshop 2019: the Full and Effective Operationalisation of ARMAC

Theme:

Full and Effective Operationalization of ARMAC: Enhancing Regional Efforts in addressing ERW through Integrated Approach

Status:

Completed, 23-23 April 2019

 Venue:

Siem Reap, Cambodia

 Partners:

The Government of Japan (through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund)

 Objectives:

  1. To promote regional cooperation within ASEAN and among relevant international institutions working on the elimination of mine and other ERW;
  2. To provide platform for dialogue and sharing lesson learnt and best practices to ensure the effective regional coordination in addressing ERW;
  3. To gain more insight about how to strengthen the role of ARMAC to inclusively and effectively address ERW for interested AMS;
  4. To encourage active participation and contribution for the full operationalization of ARMAC for the benefit of the interested states and ASEAN as whole; and
  5. To provide suggestions and recommendations on enhancing regional coordination effort in addressing ERW.

 Description:

The workshop was part of the Government of Cambodia’s effort in setting up ARMAC from establishment to operationalisation stages. Two workshops were organised in 2014 and 2015 as part of establishment process. Finally, with the center’s active operationalization (which was marked with Host Country Agreement in 2018) the workshop was organised to support ARMAC in its full and effective operationalisation.

The Workshop was attended by ARMAC Steering Committee, Officials from ASEAN Member States, representatives/experts from relevant international institutions working on mine related activities including the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), Representative from ASEAN Secretariat, think-tank and relevant officials from relevant agencies, including experts from Japan.

Press Release is available here

Regional Workshop 2018

Theme:

Enhance mine action knowledge and promote future platforms for mine action knowledge sharing for ASEAN Member States

Status:

Completed, 12-14 November 2018

Venue:

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Partners:

The Government of Canada (through Canada Fund for Local Initiative ASEAN)

Objectives:

Aiming to enhance regional capacity and cooperation to address the issue of mines and explosive remnants of war in the ASEAN region, the Workshop’s principle objectives

of the workshop were to:

  1. Exchange the latest trends, knowledge, experiences and expertise in mine action;
  2. Promote the development of future programmes including relevant mine action conferences and events;
  3. Promote future collaboration in the area of research and development; and
  4. Assess the needs and resources required to develop training programmes for ASEAN.

Description:

The ARMAC Regional Workshop 2018 was successfully held with participation of 107 delegates from a range of mine action stakeholders including ASEAN Member States (AMS), International NGOs, local NGOs, UN agencies, ASEAN universities, private sector organisations and members of the military among others. These stakeholders were carefully selected from diverse programmatic backgrounds to ensure that the discussions were participatory and inclusive of cross-cutting issues such as gender, human rights, disability, environment, global development and other intersectional areas.

All panel sessions were held and each panel speaker presented their institution’s work. Meanwhile, the field visit to the Cambodian Mine Action Center’s training facility and peace museum was also successfully held to give participants an insight into how mine action is conducted under the realities of field conditions and illustrated the necessity of the work.

Visit the 2018 Regional Workshop Website for more information, or view the daily summaries for Day 1Day 2 and Day 3

Protecting ASEAN Communities through Explosive Ordnance Risk Education Implementation Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

Theme:

Protecting ASEAN Communities through Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE) Implementation Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

 Status:

Completed, 24 November 2020

 Venue:

(Administered) in Phnom Penh, Washington DC and Singapore

 Partners:

The U.S. Department of State / U.S. Embassy of Phnom Penh

 Objectives:

To provide an open forum for authorities and all the stakeholders in sharing (i) good practices and lessons learned of EORE programme activities to protect children and overall affected communities during COVID-19 pandemic; (ii) consequences and challenges faced and how these were addressed; and (iii) integration of EORE and COVID-19 risk education efforts.

Description:

The event was attended by 52 participants including representatives from the region including Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam, and participants from the United States and a variety of organisations/institutions including national mine/UXO authorities and centres, government agencies, United Nation Agencies, international/national non-governmental organisations, academic institution and researchers.

Press Release is available here

Upholding the Oslo Action Plan in Times of COVID-19 – A Discussion on Risk Education

Theme:

Side Event “Upholding the Oslo Action Plan in Times of COVID-19 – A Discussion on Risk Education”

 Status:

Completed, 1 July 2020

 Venue:

(Administered) in Phnom Penh, Geneva and New York

 Partners:

International Explosive Ordnance Risk Education Advisory Group (EORE AG)

 Objectives:

To provide an open forum for national authorities and partners to share their experiences and challenges implementing their risk education programmes during the COVID-19 pandemic, while also ensuring do no harm.

Description:

The Side Event “Upholding the Oslo Action Plan in Times of COVID-19 – A Discussion on Risk Education” was co-organised by ARMAC and Explosive Ordnance Risk Education Advisory Group (EORE AG) in July 2020, during the Intersessional Meetings of Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC). The event was attended by 75 participants including States Parties of the APMBC, States not Party and other observers of the Intersessional Meetings, representing 25 countries and 34 authorities/organisations in total.

Press Release is available here

Regional Webinar: Explosive Ordnance Risk Education in ASEAN 

Theme:

Explosive Ordnance Risk Education in ASEAN in a Time of Pandemic

 Status:

Completed, 19 May 2020

 Venue:

(administered) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 Partners:

N/A

 Objectives:

ARMAC organised Regional Webinar “EORE in ASEAN in a Time of Pandemic” to:

  1. Discuss the impact of the COVID-19 on mine action, in particular, the Explosive Ordnance Risk Education;
  2. Explore the safe and cost-effective delivery of Explosive Ordnance Risk Education during the pandemic; and
  • Identify opportunities for cooperation, integration and synergy between Explosive Ordnance Risk Education and COVID-19 Risk Education

 Description:

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, some countries and organisations some of the ramifications on mine action including:

  • suspension of mine and UXO clearance;
  • risk of spreading the COVID-19 during face-to-face activities such as explosive ordnance risk education (EORE), community liaison, group training and victim assistance;
  • reduction in donor funding due to the global economic crisis and shift of priority to cope with the pandemic;
  • increased poverty due to the economic crisis, which may force people to go to mine contaminated areas for livelihood support.

With regard to those above, the Regional Webinar was organised as a platform for some countries and organisations to exploring various strategies to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic.

The Regional Webinar gathered at least sixty-five (65) representatives from the region including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam, and participants from Australia, Mali, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States. Participants came from a variety of organisations/institutions including national mine/UXO authorities and centres, government agencies, United Nation Agencies, international/national non-governmental organisations, academic institution and researchers.

Press Release is available here

Quality Management in Mine Action (in a Virtual Format)

Status:

Completed, 7-12 September 2020

 Partners:

  • GICHD
  • ICRC Myanmar (support the interpretation)
  • NPA Viet Nam (support the interpretation)

Venue:

(Administered) in Phnom Penh, Geneva and Singapore

Objectives:

To enhance the ability of training attendants from the region to ensure quality management in their mine action operations.

Description:

The course provided comprehensive lessons and participated interactive discussions which consist a wide range of topics revolving around quality management in mine action such as:

  1. Quality Management and Land Release Overview;
  2. Key Quality Management Principles;
  3. Quality Planning of Non-Technical Survey, Technical Survey and Clearance;
  4. Mechanical Demining Operations and Quality Management;
  5. Quality Assurance;
  6. Quality Control;
  7. Accreditation, Testing and Evaluation of Mine Action Equipment; and
  8. Application Changes in Mine Action Organisations.

There were 19 trainees from national authorities/centres and mine action related organisations in ASEAN.

Press Release is available here

Risk Management in Mine Action

Status:

Completed, 02-06 December 2019

 Venue:

Nonthaburi, Thailand

 Partners:

  • GICHD
  • ICRC
  • The Government of Ireland
  • Thailand Mine Action Center (TMAC)

 Objectives:

To improve day-to-day operational risk management in mine action, and to instruct both operational but also programme staff in the theory and practical application of Operational Risk Management.

 Description:

The Regional Training Course “Risk Management in Mine Action” was successfully held with participation of 21 trainees plus 2 GICHD trainers and 1 ARMAC observer. The course consisted the following modules:

  1. Introduction to Risk Management
  2. Risk Management Legislation in Mine Action
  3. Range of Risk Management Across Sectors
  4. Risk Management in Mine Action – Developments to date
  5. SOPs, NMAS and IMAS – Risk Management aspects
  6. Training and Risk Management
  7. Detection and Risk Management
  8. PPE and Risk Management
  9. Data and Risk Management
  10. Mine Detection Dogs and Risk management

In addition to the training, participants embarked on a field trip to Ratchaburi EOD training centre, hosted by TMAC. Firstly, the group received a briefing from US Marine Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC) on their training program with TMAC and Royal Thai Army on mine action (MA) and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD). Following the briefing, participants were transported to a training facility to see demonstrations from MARFORPAC and Royal Thai Army. The sequence of events at the range was intended to move in the same order of the HMA operations.

  1. Visit to Mine Detector Training Lanes for a brief overview of non-technical survey (NTS)/technical survey (TS) field training.
  2. Visit to training grounds, where participants saw four stations:
    • EOD Reconnaissance Station that demonstrated the methods taught to gather information on a UXO/ERW type.
    • Medical training station that highlighted the use of tourniquets and victim evacuation from the danger area.
    • Ordnance Stacking that highlighted proper methods for destroying recovered UXO/ERW.
    • Demolition demonstration highlighting safe range practices used during demolitions operations.

Press Release is available here

Operational Efficiency in Mine Action Training

Status:

Completed, 19-24 August 2019

 Partners:

  • GICHD
  • The Government of Ireland

Venue:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Objectives:

To enhance the ability of training attendants from the region to efficiently plan, implement, monitor, assess and evaluate mine action operations.

Description:

The course was organised in partnership with Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) who also delivered such training course in 2018 in Colombia, and in 2019 in Lebanon. GICHD developed all the contents of the course, as well as covered the training cost. Meanwhile, partial funding support was to be provided by the Government of Ireland for the travel cost of sponsored participants. There were 26 participants attended the training course including 2 trainers and 24 trainees

The course consisted of 6 modules:

  • Operational Efficiency and Effectiveness
  • Organisation and governance, including prioritisation
  • Quality management
  • Risk management
  • Information management
  • Management of resources

Press Release is available here

International Mine Awareness Day 2020

The 2020 International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action was planned to be organised, but cancelled due to global health situation.

In order to commemorate the 2020 International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action amidst COVID-19, ARMAC created a 6-minute video as a tribute to all the lives touched by mine action. The video is available at ARMAC’s digital media here.

International Mine Awareness Day 2019

Theme:

Raising Mines/ERW Awareness for Peace, Stability and Resilience in ASEAN through Youth Participation

Status:

Completed, 3-4 April 2019

Venue:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Partners:

  1. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  2. The Royal Thai Government
  3. The Government of Ireland
  4. The Clearing for Result Project Cambodia
  5. AIESEC (in-kind contribution)
  6. NPMEC Cambodia (in-kind contribution)
  7. Vocational Training Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia

Objectives:

The project was designed to enhance awareness on the dangers of mines/ERW through a youth focused event involving university students from across the ASEAN region, with following objectives:

  1. promote the commemoration of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action as a global effort to address the issue of mines/ERW;
  2. share basic knowledge with ASEAN university students on the effects of mines/ERW and efforts to address them; and
  3. raise awareness on the dangers of mines/ERW for affected communities, particularly among youth.

 Description:

The project was implemented to commemorate the 2019 International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action – focusing the participation of ASEAN Youths.

 

Thirty-two (32) ASEAN students received sponsorship to attend and participate in the delivery of project outcomes. They were selected from over 500 applicants through a competitive process wherein applicants were required to submit either an artwork or an essay expounding the efforts to address the effects of mines/ERW and/or efforts to address them in ASEAN.

 

The main activities of this project were:

  1. Field Visit with 32 selected students to (i) the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces Cambodia (NPMEC)’s Training School for Multinational Peacekeeping Forces; and (ii) the Vocational Training Center for Persons with Disabilities;
  2. Seminar on Mine Awareness Day which included a panel session and exhibition of submitted student artwork/essays, and attended by 370 participants including students from ASEAN Member States (AMS), ASEAN universities, mine action related international NGOs, local NGOs, UN agencies, development partners and government ministries among others;
  3. Group Discussion to gain more understanding in mine action, to stimulate the 32-selected students’ critical thinking, and to sharpen their action plan to promote mine awareness to the broader community;
  4. Raising Awareness Activity in all AMS by the 32-selected students (from 8 April to 15 May 2019) on (i) mine action situation in the Southeast Asia Region; and (ii) the dangers of mines/ERW and the efforts to address those.

For detailed process, visit the Mine Awareness Day 2019 website. Press release is available here, while video of the event is available here.

Enhance Awareness Programs on the Dangers of Mine/ERW (Phase I)

Theme:

Enhance awareness programs on the dangers of Mine/Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) among ASEAN Member States (AMS)

Status:

Ongoing, May 2019 – April 2020 (no-cost extension up to April 2021)

Venue:

Cambodia (Phnom Penh and Siem Reap), Lao PDR (Vientiane), Myanmar (Nay Pyi Taw), Thailand (Bangkok), Viet Nam (Hanoi) and Norway (Oslo)

Partners:

The Government of Japan (through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund)

Objectives:

  1. To develop an integrated approach to Mine/ERW risk education (MRE) to improve ERW education for affected communities in ASEAN Member States
  2. To enhance the means of disseminating the MRE information through ARMAC’s publication
  3. To promote April 4 as an ASEAN official day of celebration to mark the Mine Awareness Day

Description:

The project has allowed the mine action sector to share best practices and lessons learned to address humanitarian aspects of landmines and explosive remnants of war among AMS. The exchange of knowledge and experience among AMS was conducted through face-to-face consultation meetings, desk-study and innovative methodologies. Those process were undertaken in regard of development of the study ‘Integrated Approaches to Explosive Ordnance Risk Educations in AMS’ (available here).

Additionally, positive articles were contributed by mine action related institution/organisations in AMS. These articles are compiled into ARMAC’s Magazine (available here), then published and distributed among AMS and mine action related organisations all over the world.

Hence, this project has directly contributed to the ASEAN Political-Security Community Blueprint 2025: B.4.5. Promote ASEAN Member States active participation in peacekeeping and post-conflict peacebuilding efforts, in accordance with the capacity of respective ASEAN Member States – (i) Promote the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Centre (ARMAC) to study, document and share best practices to address humanitarian aspects of landmines and explosive remnants of war.

More information about the project can be found through articles on National Consultative Meetings, Regional Consultative Meeting, Side Event during the Fourth Review Conference of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.

 Press release of the project is available here.

Theme:

Enhance Victim Assistance Programme in the ASEAN Member States (AMS)

Status:

Ongoing, 11 January 2021-10 January 2024

Venue: (tbc)

Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam and Republic of Korea

Partners: (tbc)

  • Republic of Korea (through ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund)
  • SingHealth

 Objectives:

  1. To promote the establishment of victim assistance network as a regional platform for various stakeholders among ASEAN
  2. To assist the ASEAN Member States (AMS) on the victim-assistance-related knowledge sharing, need/s and resource/s assessment and possibility of its mobilisation
  3. To assess the needs of the victims of ERW (mine/UXO) in the affected AMS for further assistance
  4. To assist the ASEAN Member States (AMS) in providing psychosocial supports to the victims of ERW (mine/UXO)
  5. To conduct research regarding the “ERW (Mine/UXO) Victim Assistance Inclusive Services in Cambodia,” as well as “Community Perspectives of Humanitarian ERW (Mine/UXO) Action in Laos and Viet Nam”

Description:

The project will cover a series of consultative meetings (which will be conducted in the affected AMS i.e. Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, to further discuss and gather inputs at national level, to develop the Terms of Reference of the network and to link up with other relevant national networks.

Three regional workshops will be organised under this project. The first workshop will be to share knowledge on victim assistance and at the same time gather inputs to establish the regional victim assistance network. The remaining two workshops will be post-establishment of the victim assistance network. The network members will be the primary participants to share knowledge and discuss their challenges, needs and resources.

In addition to both consultative meetings and regional workshops, clinical assessments will be organised alongside the Train-the-Trainer (ToT) programme to build capabilities of clinical, nurse specialists and allied health professionals in psychological and psychiatric interventions and support for victims of ERW (mine/UXO). Lastly, two academic researches on the “ERW (Mine/UXO) Victim Assistance Inclusive Services in Cambodia,” as well as “Community Perspectives of Humanitarian ERW (Mine/UXO) Action in Laos and Viet Nam” will be conducted to help advance knowledge and enhance social development, conducting an academic research is important given both its findings of current practices and its recommendations.