DR Congo

MAG DRC Programme Update Oct 2009

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Reporting Period: 01 - 31 October 2009

Outputs Summary:

- Search and clearance of a total of 3,360m2 of land completed through a combination of hand, electronic, and visual techniques

- Removal and destruction of a total of 2,815 hazardous items

- 394 Dangerous Areas identified

- 393 MRE sessions conducted targeting 20,815 beneficiaries

- Destruction of 150 weapons

Summary of MAG activities:

This month, MAG destroyed its 100,000th weapon in DRC and a ceremony to celebrate this important milestone is planned for early 2010.

Deployments took place to Imesse, Buburu and Libenge in Equateur and all Kinshasa-based national staff visited the clearance operations taking place in Kimuanza (one hour outside Kinshasa). On the Conventional Weapons Management and Disposal (CWMD) side of the programme, the team deployed in South Kivu continued collecting arms and ammunition which will be destroyed next month. At the same time, the Technical Field Manager from the other team conducted a reconnaissance mission to Goma regarding 50 tons of dangerous ammunition awaiting destruction.

The MAG DRC programme received a number of support visits in October, including a member of MAG's International Development and Evaluation Team (IDET) to assess and support senior management and a member of the UK HQ finance team to improve the systems relating to financial reporting. MAG's regional Africa Community Liaison Manager also spent one month in the programme, standardising Community Liaison tools and developing impact assessment processes while visiting Equateur, Katanga and Kasai Oriental provinces together with the Community Liaison Technical Adviser. MAG DRC also welcomed a new Community Liaison Manager who will take over the supervision of the ECC MERU team based in Mbuji Mayi.