Support to the Institutional Strengthening of UXO Lao

What is the project about?


The all female UXO Lao de-mining team in Xieng Khouang Province. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/Laophoto

This project provides policy advice, aid coordination support and technical support to UXO Lao, the national clearance operator. UNDP provides technical advisors to UXO Lao to support their operations, programme and financial management, as well as to provide learning opportunities for UXO Lao staff at both the national and provincial level. The majority of UXO Lao's annual budget is supported by UNDP and the project benefits from monitoring & evaluation and audit.

What have we accomplished so far?

 

Clearing land

  • Over 1.1 million items of UXO have been destroyed.
  • More than 26,000 hectares of land have been cleared of UXO, ensuring safe access to agricultural land, schools, health clinics and improving infrastructure links.

Reducing the risks of UXO accidents through community awareness:

  • UXO risk education activities have been organized in 9,603 villages, reaching more than 2.4 million beneficiaries, including 968,462 child beneficiaries.
  • UXO Lao delivered 189 courses provided for field staff, which reached a total of 2,689 graduates.
  • More than 15,000 General Survey tasks have been conducted to define areas where UXO were found by the villagers, which subsequently define clearance tasks.

UNDP has also supported the country's leading role in the development of the Convention on Cluster Munitions that entered-into-force on 1 August 2010. This included supporting the activities leading up to and during the country's hosting of the First Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, held in Vientiane in November 2010.

(Figures as of October 2012)

Who finances it?



Donors
Australia
Belgium
Canada
Germany
Ireland
South Korea
Luxembourg
New Zealand
Switzerland
European Union (EU)
DFID
Japan
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Delivery in previous fiscal year

2012: USD 5,523,000
Overview
Status
Active
Project Start Date
1996
Estimated End Date
Ongoing
Geographic Coverage
Vientiane Capital, Huaphanh, Xiengkhuang, Luangprabang, Khamuane, Attapeu, Saravane, Sekong, Savannakhet , Champasack
Focus Area
Crisis prevention and Recovery
Project officer
Ms Vidaovanh Phounvixay
Partner
UXO Lao